GHS field hockey seniors (l-r) Katie Murphy, Kaitlyn Welsh, Hannah David, Christina Guanci, Molly Harding, Grace Mooney, Kaitlyn Parent, Grace Boehning. The Guardians defeated South Windsor 5-0 in Senior Night late Monday.
Glastonbury field hockey ended the regular season in style, shutting out their final five opponents, including a 5-0 win over South Windsor last Monday (Nov. 1).
The victory over the conference-rival Bobcats in the regular season finale was Senior Night for the Guardians, who recognized the team’s eight seniors (Molly Harding, Christina Guanci, and Kaitlyn Welsh, Hannah David, Grace Boehning, Kaitlyn Parent, Grace Mooney, and Katie Murphy) after to the game.
“I’m really proud of them. They’ve grown so much since they were freshmen or when they came to varsity, and they all bring something different to our program that we need. They’ve been really good leaders and what they’ve done is embraced that role on and off the field,” head coach Maureen Perkins said. “They are what you want your seniors to be. They are good role models, they work hard, and they want what’s best for the team. You can’t really ask for more than that.”
Senior captains Christina Guanci and Molly Harding led the way on Senior Night. Guanci scored two goals and Harding added a goal and dished out a pair of assists. Alicia Choquette and Allyson Collette each scored and Hannah David had two helpers.
The Guardians went up 1-0 midway through the 1st quarter on a goal from Alicia Choquette after a scramble in front of South Windsor goalie Paige Lambert. Glastonbury extended its lead before halftime with a pair of second-quarter goals. The first was from sophomore Allyson Collette. Collette's goal, a tip at the right post, was set up on an assist from Harding. Harding received a pass from David to set up Collette's goal. Harding and David combined once more just before intermission with David setting up Harding with a well-paced ball into the scoring circle.
After a scoreless 3rd quarter, Glastonbury scored twice in the fourth quarter, both goals tallied by Guanci. In both instances, Guanci's scoring chances were set up by passes from Harding.
The shutout was the team's 11th this season and senior goalie Kaitlyn Parent did not need to make a save as the GHS defense held South Windsor without a shot. Heading into the state tournament, the last time the Guardians allowed a goal was over 300 game-minutes ago, dating back to Oct. 16.
The team finished the regular season 12-1-2-1, following up on an undefeated (14-0) campaign during a COVID-shortened 2020 fall. The win also secured GHS the CCC South title with a 7-0 record in the division.
Perkins said this year’s seniors embraced the role of leaders, following in the footstep of the graduates from a year ago, “That’s one of the things that senior do is to show the next group what is expected and I think that a lot played last year but their roles were so different and this year they have been ask to step into those roles. They have done a really good job at adjusting and taking on those leadership roles.”
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