Field Hockey Notches Conference Wins, Eyes Tournament
The Oaks field hockey team under new coach, Emily Sencindiver, is 2-4 (2-6 overall) in conference play and looking for better things in the TCIS tournament.
“I feel that if we play to our full potential we will go far,” Sencindiver says. “In tournament season, it is about what team wants it more, and what team is willing to put everything they have into the game.”
Anna Krause, a junior German exchange student, is the team’s leading player. “Anna plays field hockey in Germany and her skills not only help us compete in games, but also helps to build better players in practice,” Sencindiver says. “Her drive in practice allows her fellow teammates to push themselves to be better. Her offensive skills have required our defenders to be on top of their game during every practice.”
Erin Barger, another junior, has been a stalwart on defense and has stepped into the midfield when necessary. “Erin will be a key player throughout the post-season, and her senior year,” adds Sencindiver.
The squad’s most improved player is eighth grader Jordan Sibley. Sibley came into the season trying out for the JV squad, but that team wasn’t fielded because of numbers. Along with three other eighth graders, she was placed on the varsity. “Jordan has showed amazing coachability and improvement over the course of the season, and I look forward to coaching for the rest of her high school career,” Sencindiver says.
Secendiver has been working hard on skills and fitness with the team, work that yielded results early in the season.
In the team’s second away game against Hampton Roads Academy, Angel Rapp scored on a one-on-one against the goalie. “That was something we had been working on for the past few weeks at practice,” Sencindiver says. “The girls were able to see a benefit in the drills we do as practice, and this goal lifted the team’s spirits and led us to our first win of the season.”