Atherton field hockey takes the lead late in the second half

Atherton field hockey takes the lead late in the second half

Cover photo credit: Samantha Stallings

Samantha Stallings

In a defensive battle between the Atherton High School Rebels and the Eastern High School Eagles, the Rebels took the 1-0 win.

“They learned a lot and we learn every game. We have had a lot of tough games this year. We just got back from St.Louis and we played against a lot of out town teams. They’ve learned the last couple years to battle,” said Woodrow Murphy, Atherton Head Coach, “We use the term here you fuse you lose and we always look for a way to win. They stay calm and patient. If they stay confident they are going to find a way to win.”

In the first half of action neither team would score with both goalies defending their goals not allowing a score. Atherton had three corner shots within the first five minutes of the game, but was unable to capitalize. The Rebels were able to get one more corner followed by an Eagles corner.

The Eagles followed up with two corners in the first half, and with 1:53 to play in the first half Eastern was carded leaving them a man down, giving Atherton a penalty shot that the Rebels were unable to execute. Atherton soon followed up with another corner shot with five seconds left in the first half, but did not convert. Both teams remained scoreless going into half time.

With two minutes left into the second half the Rebels had two more corners before they could score the only goal of the game. The goal for Atherton came with 13:11 left by Ally Cerqua.

Atherton’s next game will be on September 10 at Summit Country Day in Cincinnati, Ohio and Eastern’s next game will be September 13 against Ballard High school.