The Lake Forest Scouts Women’s Field Hockey team faced off against longtime field hockey rival, the New Trier Trevians, on August 27th in their first major test of the season. With storied histories of success from both programs, it was sure to be a clear indicator of the top level of field hockey play in the state of Illinois this season.
Early in the game the Scouts came out aggressive and had possession for most of the first half. On offense, the Scouts were led by Duke-bound captain Libby Thompson who crashed the goal and redirected a shot in the net for a 1st half score. Only a few minutes later, junior Ava Caputo scored a goal as the Scouts jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.
As the half ended, the Scouts looked strong, but the momentum shifted in the 2nd half to the Trevians, who scored very quick goals to even the score. “We fell back on our heels,” junior midfielder Catherine Nicholson said. Reverting from the aggressive offensive tone they set in the first half, the Scouts instead let the game be controlled by the opposition. As the second half and the Trevians’ control of the game continued, Coach Melanie Walsh called a timeout to regroup her team.
Adjusting from the timeout, Lake Forest played more offensive-minded and gave themselves opportunities on corner shots, but were unable to convert them into goals. The game needed an overtime session to be completed and after a couple solid defensive plays, the Scouts were able to catch the Trevians in an odd number situation. Again, it was Libby Thompson who was able to get in front of that net and tap in a goal to be the difference maker for the Scouts in their 3-2 overtime victory.
The Scouts also defeated Glenbrook South on August 31st, moving their undefeated record to (3-0).