Shawnigan Lake celebrates independent field hockey title
Shawnigan Lake School 's senior girls' field-hockey squad shaded its arch-rivals from Collingwood to earn the Independent Schools Association crown in Vancouver during weekend play.
The 19 player squad secured first place in pool play, with wins against Brentwood (2-0), York House (2-0), and a tie against Southridge (0-0), coach Kelly Koepp says in a release.
Her team then headed to the final, facing arch-rivals Collingwood, for the second time this season.
"The game was a crowd-pleaser with offensive action at both ends," says Koepp, "but Collingwood was first to draw blood off a short corner in the first half.
"Shawnigan fought back hard, and a strong attack by Casey Crowley led to a self-goal against Collingwood late in the second half to tie the game 1-1."
Based on new rules, the tie-breaker was determined by five players from each team executing eight-second penalty shots — one-on-ones with the goalkeeper — to determine the game winner.
"Shawnigan goalie Katharina Feldmann demonstrated nerves of steel as she tenaciously denied all five Collingwood attempts," describes Koepp.
"Louica Unger notched the only goal of the shoot-out, and secured the championship title for Shawnigan with a clean move around the (Collingwood) goalie to slot in a forehand shot."
The next major focus for the Shawnigan Senior Field Hockey Team is the AA Island Championships scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20 at the Cowichan Sportsplex.