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Field Hockey Starts Strong

by Billy Braker, staff writer

Photo courtesy of Christine Berticini

You cannot get off to better start than 3-0, and the Lady Longhorns field hockey team  have took the South Bay by storm by doing exactly that. The 2015-2016 Lady Longhorns are lead by Head Coach Karin Mirassou and Assistant Coach Kelli Nurnberg who have been coaching the ladies for many years now.

For the first time in Leigh High School history, the field hockey team has two freshman and no sophomores. Alyssa Hunt and Lydia Wright are the freshman sensations.

“I feel honored to be apart of the team. I like it because the more experienced players can help me improve,”said  Lydia Wright, freshman.

In week one, the Lady Longhorns were battle tested as they survived a nail biter, barely defeating their non-conference opponent, the Westmont Warriors by a final score of 1-0. Week two was much easier as they trampled their cross town rivals, the Branham Bruins, 5-0. Week three was gut-wrenching as they squeezed by the visiting Los Altos Eagles with another 1-0 victory.

As the Lady Longhorns improved to 3-0 on the season having shutout all three of their opponents and out scoring them 7-0, Captains Valerie Weed, Stacie Moore and Erin McCoy credit Senior Goalie Becca Pangborn for their continued success.

“It gives us so much confidence! When there is a breakaway I know that Becca will save it and get it up the field quickly and score”, said Valerie Weed, senior.

Unfortunately, the Lady Longhorns finally hit a bump in the road when their offense could not find a way to put the ball in the back of the net and Pangborn let her first goal of the season in. The Leigh Longhorns field hockey team lost Friday, Sept. 25, in an away conference game against Prospect by a score of 1-0, resulting in a 3-1 record.

The Lady Longhorns are on track for a historical season and can not be stopped if the Stampede joins them. Join the Lady Longhorns on their quest for a league and state title in the bowl on game days.