Varsity Field Hockey on Wednesday, October 11 defeated Key School, 2-1, in a tight defensive contest that saw the Obezag’s gain early ball possession and claim the 1-0 lead at halftime. Friends was able to get multiple shots on breakaways and corners but Key’s resilient defensive line consistently denied the Quaker offense. Friends' defense, led by Tess Baroody ‘19, Grace Deller ‘19, and Bryce Carlin ’21, answered the call and kept Key’s fast break balls at bay.
The second half proved challenging for the Quaker midfield, led by Olivia Nengel ’20, who used her stick skills to gain ground and free hits. As the Quakers started playing more offensively Tess Baroody and Sofia Geocadin ‘19 were able to send free hits and lifts into the offense, gaining momentum with each earned possession. With 20 minutes left to play Maren Helmacy ‘20 earned a corner by causing a foul in the offensive circle. Sofia Geocadin received a pass from Olivia Nengel and sent a hard push into the left corner past the goalie to tie the game.
For the next 12 minutes Quaker goalie Grace Bowen ‘20 shut down Key’s scoring attempts with multiple heroic saves, including a split save on a defensive corner immediately followed by a Tess Baroody ’19 defensive safe. The fired-up Quaker midfielders worked the ball up-field sending a hard drive into the circle where Gabby Sklar ‘20 was able to reverse drive the ball between the goalies pads and into the net for the second Quaker goal. Capitalizing on the momentum Friends maintained possession in the offensive half for the remainder of the game until Maren Helmacy, in a final offensive push, air dribbled past 3 Key defenders to gain scoring position.
The undefeated Quakers are now tied for 1st place with rival Park. The two teams will meet this Saturday at 11:30 am at Park as part of the Rivalry Day lineup. Come out and make some noise!