WINCHESTER, Va. – Sophomore Morgan Payne is in her first season of blogging about the field hockey program. This week, in her second post of the year, Morgan recaps the opening two weeks of the season.
In the time since the last blog post, we have kicked off our non-conference game play. These past five games have been full of intense competition, successes, and some rough challenges that we have grown from as a team.
Our first home opener game was a 4-0 win over Hood. We all missed the feeling of pride we get from playing on our home turf and starting off with a win was the icing on the cake! Our second game was a tough 2-1 loss to Washington and Jefferson on the road. However, we learned from our mistakes in that game which propelled us to a huge win back on our field against McDaniel. Beating a team 7-2 that beat us last season was a major accomplishment. Unfortunately, we lost the past two non-conference match-ups; losing 3-2 to York in overtime and then 4-0 against Dickinson in a tough midweek road matchup. While these losses set us back temporarily, they really taught us a lot about what it means to be a field hockey player here at Shenandoah.
After Dickinson, we had a very early morning practice to remind ourselves why we play this game and why it is crucial to put in the work every day on the field. We are not a team to shy away from a challenge; we embrace it. After the practice, we all read letters from 12 of the program's previous players to fully remind us that we are capable of so much more success and what we do everyday is a commitment to our teammates, coaches, and the players who have laid the foundation before us.