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Field Hockey Team Wins 2-1 on Senior Night

by Valerie Coleman

On Thursday, the Walkersville Lady Lions played the Catoctin Cougars. Prior to the field hockey game, the seniors were celebrated for their senior night.

Senior night is a special time for the players because they get recognized for their hard work and dedication for the sport they love. Junior Madison Holley said, “Typically before the game, we paint the seniors’ numbers on the field and take home posters to decorate with pictures from their favorite memories of the season. We all get them gifts having to do with what college they want to go to. I enjoy doing something special for the seniors because it’s their last year playing field hockey and it won’t be the same without them next year.”

Senior Keren Ott said, “I am super excited for my senior night. I have been looking forward to this for a while. I am very happy to see those who come out to support me, like my favorite teachers, family, and friends.”

Once the game started, Catoctin had possession of the ball first. However, Catoctin never had the opportunity to score because Walkersville did a great job on defense. Since both teams were executing awesome defense, neither team scored the first half.

Once the second half began, The Lady Lions scored the first point of the game. Ott had the assist to junior Baylor Baxley for the goal. The score remained 1-0 until Catoctin scored with 6 minutes left in the second half. Now that the game was tied, the Lady Lions were ready to fight even harder to take home this win.

Senior Olivia Blizard said, “I actually wasn’t too worried when Catoctin scored. I knew we would be able to win because all of us wanted it bad enough.”

With the remainder 6 minutes left and the score being tied, Walkersville fought their hardest until they heard the buzzer and the game was over. With only three minutes left, junior Natalie Miller scored, making the final score 2-1. This victory was a huge accomplishment and extremely rewarding for all the players.

Baxley said, “It was nice to win on senior night and I’m happy the seniors could experience that. It was a good team and we all played really hard. I’ve been trying to score all season so it felt nice to finally do just that. We will play Catoctin again in the playoffs so I’m looking forward to that.” Senior Sarah McElwain added, “It is crazy how fast time flies. It feels like just yesterday I was the one decorating for senior night. They did a great job, I love my poster and the dugout looked so cute.”

Not only was this night successful in recognizing the seniors’ commitment and love for field hockey, but the Lady Lions left with another win for the books.