Field hockey season coming together for IR
Lady Indians’ field hockey will get off to a busy start next week, as they prepare for three games in five days, just a week after their last scrimmage. The tightly knit team has been hard at work, and seniors Bridget Wilgus and Taylor Wharton are hoping for a turnaround season after scoring proved to be a factor in last year’s disappointing season.
“We’re really starting to play together well,” noted Wharton, the team’s starting goalkeeper. “Everyone on the team is communicating well. Our juniors and younger players are stepping it up into the varsity role.”
Wilgus, who helps meld the team together at midfield, has had her priorities in recent practices and scrimmages, as well.
“We’ve been working on tipping the ball up to the front line,” she said. “We’re really concentrating on scoring and bringing the ball down the field and finishing. Once we get down there, we can’t afford to freeze up.”
As midfielder, Wilgus has emphasized the importance of transitioning and getting back to defend the opponents’ attack – a skill that head coach Julene Williamson is hard-pressed about.
“You have to work on both sides of the ball,” said Wilgus. “There are times when you’re covering everything.”
“We need to make sure we get back when we need to,” said Williamson. “It’s usually when we don’t get back that our defense gets into trouble.”
The defense has carried a lot of attention this preseason, too, as much of the backfield is left to be rebuilt, following last year’s senior class.
“We’re working on filling the holes from last year,” said Wilgus. “We have some girls who have been rising to the challenge.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the team was getting back on track after a long holiday weekend.
“We had a three-day break,” said Wharton, “so we need to prepare ourselves for the game on Monday. Everyone’s getting along, though, and we’re really playing like a team.”
The Lady Indians’ field hockey team will travel to Red Lion Christian Academy on Monday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. for the season-opener. They will follow that up with two home games, the first against Caesar Rodney on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m., followed by a Saturday game against Woodbridge at 11 a.m.