Falcons defeat Lindbergh

Field hockey slides past Lindbergh 2-1, advance to playoffs

Matia Puljic, Sports Editor

Defeating the Lindbergh Flyers 2-1, the Falcons end their regular season with a win, finishing their season 15-6-1.

Getting on the scoreboard first, senior Ali Findley scores at 10 minutes.

“It felt great, because there was an opening in the corner, so I just put it in there,” Findley said.

Then, the Flyers make a return towards the end of the first quarter, at 6:45, Jamieson Plager scores a goal for the Flyers, making the game 1-1.

Junior Avery Deroode says that the goal was an upset for the Falcons since it should not have been counted as a goal.

“[The goal made me] kind of mad because it was a bad call on the refs’ since the girl [who scored] kicked it. It should not have been a goal in the first place. But, after [junior] Savannah [Radcliff] scored, it was great and I’m glad we came back with a hard win,” DeRoode said.

Towards the end of the game in the third quarter at 6:22, Radcliff received a pass from junior Julia Vieth, scoring the Falcons second goal, giving them the lead, 2-1.

This goal was the first in Radcliff’s career for the Falcons. She said that she’s over the moon about it, and the team work today led her to the goal.

“It was my first goal of my Rockwood Summit field hockey career. Probably off of one of my last inserts for the season so it was really exciting,” Radcliff said. “Our passing sequences were really strong today, they have been since halfway through the season.”

Head coach Andrew Neil said that it was a very pleasant way to end the regular season. He also said that preparing for playoffs, the team will continue to stay with their way of playing, and they will change if necessary.

“It’s a good way to end the season, going out on a win and Lindbergh is a good team. So, showing up and playing them well, beating them 2-1, is a good and strong finish for us going into the playoffs,” Neil said. “Getting ready for playoffs, we don’t know who we’ll see at playoffs yet because the seeds haven’t been released yet. That kind of dictates how we’re going to prepare but, we will definitely focus on our style of play which is: quick passes, trying to be strong on the ball, controlling the pace of the game, and then once we know our opponent, we will make adjustments accordingly.”