The DCVI Field Hockey team hosted both Northwestern and St. Anne’s yesterday. In the opener against the Huskies, the Salukis immediately put the pressure on. Defenders Sophie Brockman and Maddison Aarts were quick to pick up through balls and send them back into the DCVI attack. Shawna Nelson was the first to score, just 7 minutes into the half. Emily Shrubsole then connected with a well-timed pass from Shawna to make it 2-0. When St. Marys was awarded a rare penalty stroke, Ally Muir stepped in and with her great top shelf shot, St. Marys was firmly in control of the match. Sophie Shrubsole played her position perfectly and was waiting for her chance to score when Ally sent her a pass across the net, leading us into halftime with a 4-0 lead. DCVI continued to dominate in the second half, but goalie Kayley Thompson had to make a few stops enroute to her fourth shutout of the season. Great midfield play by Emmah Douglas and Edyn Taylor gave St. Marys the control they needed to determine the outcome of the game. Mae Vigneux saw her debut in league play and worked hard as a striker to contribute to the DCVI offensive unit. Shawna netted two more goals, earning the Salukis the win. The field hockey team then played against the St. Anne’s Eagles. The team play at its bestin the opening half. Defensively, Katie Brine made commanding tackles, supported by Emma Bryans and Hope McDougall. Jaci Mitchell initiated a lot of the team attack with great stick work in midfield. Rookie strikers Megan Morning and Lydia Taylor had DCVI controlling the ball deep into the Eagles end. Shawna Nelson netted two more in the opening half, bringing her up to a total of five goals and one assist on the day.
The second half saw a more balanced game as St. Anne’s challenged the Salukis. But Josie Corby intercepted several passes to break things up, allowing midfielders Lili Smith and Melanie Martin to move the ball up field and apply pressure on the Eagles’ net. The game ended with a 2-1 victory for the home team.