Field Hockey Team Undefeated at 9-0

The varsity field hockey team remains undefeated after nine games.

Despite losing seven seniors, including Michigan State University recruit Kendal Anderson, the Raiders appear a formidable team with state championship aspirations.

During preseason play, the team defeated defending state champion Columbus Academy, inspiring high expectations for the coming season.

The Raiders began the season with a double header against Maumee Valley Country Day and Ottawa Hills. An early-season highlight came against Hudson Aug. 27 when Shaker topped the Explorers 4-0, their second straight defeat of the Summit County rival.

The team also produced wins over the Laurel School Gators, the Orange Lions, the Stow-Munroe Falls Bulldogs and the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders.

In an away game versus the Hawken Hawks Sept. 17, the team played extremely well in a 7-0 win. Coach Hillary Anderson was so confident with her squad that she allowed them to shuffle positions during the second half of the game.

Sophomore midfielder Jess Morford is happy with the team’s performance so far and has high expectations for the rest of the season.

“I think we have a really strong, motivated team this year. We’re all close and we play well together. Although we lost some very strong players from last year, everyone stepped up, and our new players have adjusted well,” Morford said. “If we continue to play as a team, I think we’ll do well in the playoffs.”

The Raiders will face a test Oct. 10 in a game against rival Hathaway Brown, after losing to the Blazers 3-2 in last year’s district final.

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