Always Improving: Field Hockey Season Recap


Aidan Penberthy

Senior Luci Hilboldt trails the ball in a regular season home game.

The Westminster field hockey season came to an end this past Saturday after a loss to the number three seed: the John Burroughs Bombers. The final score was 8-0 on that rainy Saturday morning, putting the Wildcats final record at 6-15.

In this postseason, the team came to new heights as they took down the 12-9-1 Parkway West Longhorns by a final score of 3-2. Two of the three goals were scored by Alyssa Legters, senior, and the final was scored by KK Pruett, sophomore. Jamie Obertop, freshman, was a crucial component on the defensive end, helping Sabrina Granata, senior, out in the goal by putting her body in front of quite a few shots from the Longhorns. In her last two games, Granata made over twenty five saves, twenty of which were in the John Burroughs game.

The final record for the Wildcats was 6-15. The team won tough games against Edwardsville 3-2, Parkway West 3-2, and Rosati Kain 2-0. When taking a look at their schedule in the 2019 season, it is no doubt that they had one of the toughest schedules in the area, playing one-seeded Villa, two-seeded MICDS, and three-seeded John Burroughs in the regular season. An extraordinary moment for the Wildcats this year was when they played the soon-to-be state champions, the MICDS Rams, and Ava Bidner, senior, rifled one into the back of the net. Though one goal may not seem like much, this was the first goal that the Wildcats have ever scored against the Rams, giving the team tremendous confidence coming into future years.

Taking a look at the leading goal scorers this season, Ava Bidner leads the charge with seven, despite missing the first couple of games of the season. Closely behind Bidner is Alyssa Legters, senior, with five goals and then KK Pruett, sophomore, with four goals. In the assists column, Legters and Pruett lead the pack with five each.

One impressive part of the season were the two freshmen starting on the varsity squad: Jamie Obertop and Elizabeth Clawson. Obertop was a key defenseman for the team this season, staying quick to the ball and tracking the other teams’ players with ease. Clawson’s factor to the team was not only her speed, but her skill to deke opposing players. Clawson kept the ball tight at all times and rarely got the ball taken from her.

Though the team stays confident with these two freshmen, the team says goodbye to thirteen key seniors: Ava Bidner, Hope Burkey, Abrielle Danna, Jaela Ginger, Luci Hilboldt, Riley Kilgore, Alyssa Legters, Bridget Sullivan, Libby Thomas, Ava Cella, Elle Pierson, Sabrina Granata, and Lucy Wood. 800 Sporting wishes you the best of luck in your future endeavors.