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Girls field hockey finishes season strong despite facing greater competition

After facing increased competition in the upper De Anza division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, the girls varsity field hockey team concluded the season with a 1-11-2 record. Despite the record and a close 0-1 loss during a rematch against Saint Francis on Oct. 27, senior Mia Rose Tuifua said the team has shown major improvement 

“Our team was so hyped to play them again,” Tuifua said. “I was really proud of our team, defensively and offensively.”

Coach Jennifer Crane said the game reflected the team’s hard work throughout the season. 

“It was a great way to close out the season,” Crane said. “Our team had good spacing on the field, was first to the ball and translated skills and concepts we’ve been working on this season onto the field.” 

Reflecting on the season, Tuifua said she is proud of her team for stepping up as it entered a higher division this year. 

“We played very hard teams,” Tuifua said. “Some of the teams we played were expected to completely blow us out, but we stood our ground and held up with a lot of them.”

Senior and co-captain Anna Wingard said she is grateful for the season and the close relationships she built with the members on her team. 

“I’m really happy with how this season ended, and I know we gave it our all,” Wingard said. “I have been playing with Ms. Crane and most of the girls for multiple years, so we as a team have a relationship which allows us to give each other constructive criticism on the field, as well as having fun with each other.”

Tuifua agreed that this season was a great way to finish her high school field hockey career.

“I would not have wanted to play with any other team,” Tuifua said. “The girls I played with were more than my teammates; they were my friends, and even though our record shows a rough season, my teammates made it the best.”