Field Hockey Falls Short In Annual Mug Game

Despite a valiant effort, the Valkyries dropped the Mug Game to Assumption on Sunday.

Mr. Bill Tabor

Despite a valiant effort, the Valkyries dropped the Mug Game to Assumption on Sunday.

Ryan Gahm and Claire Ely

The Sacred Heart field hockey team fell to the Assumption Rockets 4-3 in the annual Mug Game Sunday afternoon at Assumption Green.

Seeking revenge from the recent Apple Tournament loss, the Valkyries came out strong, scoring all three of their goals in the first 20 minutes of the first half.  Mattie Tabor scored with 22:45 left in the first half, with Mary Kate Kesler scoring less than seven minutes later, putting the Valkyries up 2-0.

Assumption’s Sydney McKenna answered, scoring the first Rocket goal with 13 minutes left in the half.  The Valkyrie’s regained momentum with 10 minutes left in the half, as Audrey Tabor drove one into the cage to put the Valkyries up 3-1.

Assumption came out strong in the second half scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes, two by Emma Spinetto and one by Hayley Webber.

“The first half we came out with [a lot] of intensity, and second half we came out flat,” said SHA Head Coach Eleanor Mitchell. “There was no purpose to our play in the first 20 minutes of the second half.”

Despite many opportunities on corners, the Valkyries were unable to tie capitalize, allowing the Rockets to capture the Mug.

Senior goalkeeper and captain Megan Strite said, “[We] didn’t get cocky, we got too comfortable.  After they continued to keep scoring, it was a domino effect and we continued to make more and more mistakes and we shut down as a team.”

Coach Mitchell added, “We are angry.  We have six more weeks to improve and beat them when it counts.”