Field Hockey: Middletown looks to ride momentum into battle of the Knights

By Dylan O'Toole, Round Table Sports Editor

The Middletown High School field hockey team has been on an unexpected roll since they beat Oakdale in the final seconds on Oct. 1. Since then, the Knights of MHS have rattled off six straight wins, propelling them to where they stand today: the sectional finals.

Middletown is riding some serious momentum in this game, as they took down Oakdale in the sectional semifinals last week.

“We have definitely have stepped up our communication skills,” said Knights senior Laura Myers. “Everybody has really good chemistry with each other.”

Middletown will now take on Century on the road at 3:30 pm. Century is coming off of a state championship in 2013, they left Middletown laying in their wake on the way to the title last season.

“Century is a tough team,” said Myers. “They’re fast, they have strong hits and their field sort of stinks.”

Middletown is faced with a tough task in Century. Century stands at 12-2-1and has a 7-0 record in its league.

Mandi Trostle leads Century with 14 goals this season; Marrisa Donoghue leads the team with 11 assists.

The Knights of Century have consistently proven that they can beat Middletown in the playoffs, this year they beat Middletown in the regular season, 5-1 on Sept. 23.

The Knights know that they can learn from this loss, and they intend to do so later this afternoon.

“I learned that we should not have given up,” said Myers. “I think we gave up after Century scored all of those goals early.”

Myers has been one of the leaders for the Knights over their winning streak. She scored three goals on senior night to begin her hot streak, and has scored at least one goal in almost every game since.

“I definitely think that we have a chance to beat them,” said Myers. “We just have to keep our head up and stick together.”