Greenhill Defeats Hockaday in Field Hockey Counter

Hayden Sampson

The Greenhill field hockey team beat crosstown rival Hockaday in a double-overtime match Friday, Oct. 14.

Entering the game, the Hornets were 0-2 in their Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) conference games. Earlier this season in a non-counter, regular season game, Greenhill fell to Hockaday 3-0.

The game was tied at the end of regulation 2-2, with goals from Seniors Maya Harrington and Lindsey Barnes.

After a two short overtime period, the game moved into a penalty shootout: a one-on-one matchup with the goalie, with a best-of-five format.

Freshman and field hockey goalie Helen Reed has played goalie for less than three months, and blocked multiple goals during the one-on-ones.

“It was a little nerve-wracking, but my teammates and coaches are so supportive and that really helped me feel less like the pressure was all on me,” Reed said.

Reed’s success can be partially credited to Assistant Field Hockey Coach Brittany Rolleck, the goalie coach. Rolleck advised and comforted Reed throughout her learning process.

“The goalie coach, Coach Rolleck, walked me through strategies, and at the end, she gave me a hug,” Reed said.

This win was very important for the Hornets; not only did it give them a boost in SPC rankings in the 4A division, it also gave them a morale boost.

Head Field Hockey Coach Brittany Griggs emphasized the importance of momentum, but more importantly, the focus on preparing for upcoming games.

“I do think it will help propel us through the last three counter games, however, we do not spend very long celebrating because we need to focus on the upcoming games,” Griggs said. “Just like after a loss, we celebrate the positives, learn from the growth opportunities, and prepare for the next game.”

As the SPC championships are around the corner, the team looks to build upon the win.

“What’s special about our team is that we play with a lot of heart, and I think that will help us going into to SPC,” Barnes said.