Field Hockey: Knights hang tough in loss, improve along the way

By Dylan O'Toole, Round Table Sports Editor

A warm and sunny day at Middletown High School was the setting as the Knights field hockey team took on Urbana. The Knights were playing at the top of their game, but one little miscue with 20 minutes left set the Knights back for the rest of the game.

Hawks forward Courtney Mellon was able to put one in the back of the net to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead that they would not surrender for the rest of the game.

The loss set the Knights back to 2-5 on the season, but a comeback win over Oakdale yesterday brought up the Knights to a 3-5 record.

Although most teams would be down after a loss like the Knights encountered against Urbana, the Knights are looking at the positive side of things.

“I’m so proud of our team for going this far and trying our best,” said Knights senior Laura Myers. “We’re trying to do what we know we can do.”

The Heavily favored Hawks dominated the first half, but some spectacular diving saves from Knights junior goalie Emma Provost kept the game scoreless.

In the second half the Knights began to dominate possession. Propelled by junior Emily Delauter and senior Samantha Breeze, the Knights were able to speed up the Wings and apply relentless pressure to Hawks goalies, Jess Wolf and Becca Godwin.

Wolf and Godwin eventually racked up 14 combined saves to completely shut down the Knights persistent offense.

“We can definitely learn from this loss,” said Myers. “We know that we can play with anybody now.”

On Sept. 5 the Knights played Century to a tough 5-1 defeat. Century is always amongst the top field hockey teams in the state, and they have a reputation of knocking Middletown out of the playoffs on a yearly basis.

After a game like the Knights played against Urbana, and the game they played on the road against Century; it is obvious that the Knights 3-5 record doesn’t accurately reflect their season.

“We’re just focused on winning right now,” said Myers. “We’re peaking at the top of our game right now, and we want to take advantage of that momentum.”