By: Ashley Young — Correspondent
Sharon High’s Varsity Field Hockey faced Franklin and North Attleboro at home to cap off week six of the season, and played away at Oliver Ames to begin week seven. The Eagles played hard but fell short in all three games. Sharon is now 0–13 as they head into the second half of the week with games against Foxboro and Norwell.
The Eagles faced the undefeated Panthers at home and held them to 7 goals, losing 7–0. Out of Franklin’s Hockomock League competitors this season, only four other teams besides Sharon have been able to hold the Panthers to a score this low. “This attests to Natalie’s goaltending. Her ability to dive for the ball and her amazing skills in the net played a huge role in our game against Franklin,” said senior captain Rachel Glass.
The Eagles then went on to play North Attleboro at home. “In the beginning of the season when we played North, one of our teammates got a drive to the head and had to get stitches. So, when we faced them for the second time, we played extra hard in honor of her,” said senior captain Abby Gott. “The energy we had in that game was nothing like I had seen before from the team, so we had a great game against North,” said Gott. The Eagles fought hard but lost 4–0.
To start off week seven, the second to last week of the season, the Eagles traveled to Oliver Ames to participate in their senior night. “I think we did a really good job on marking up and knowing where we were on the field. We knew where our strong sidelines were and continuously switched the field so that we could take advantage of this,” said junior Natalie Kessler.
“Against Oliver Ames, I think we succeeded in not only marking up on the player with the ball but also those that were possible passes. In addition, I think we did well on reading and predicting Oliver Ames plays. They were big on passing and switching the field, so we acknowledged this and adjusted our positioning so that we could use the whole field in attempts to stop these passes,” added senior captain Shiraz Becker.
Looking ahead, the Eagles have five games remaining left in the season. To finish week seven, the Eagles will play Foxboro at home on Thursday and away at Norwell on Friday. In week eight, the final week of the season, the Eagles will play Canton, Stoughton, and Norwell.
Sharon Field Hockey’s Senior Night will be on Thursday, October 28th at the Sharon Middle School field against the Stoughton Black Knights. The ceremony to honor senior players will start at 4:15 PM and the game will follow at 4:30 PM.
Players are sad that the season is coming to an end, but are excited for the final opportunities to improve their record. “For these last few weeks I hope for the energy to stay consistent and that we can play to our full potential because we are a talented team and have the capability to win a game,” said junior Tanya Wadekar.
“We have come a long way this season and have improved tremendously. Even though there is only a week left in the season, that still gives us enough time to work on our weaknesses and achieve our goals so that we can end the season strong!” said Kessler.