The Scouts take on Glenbard West as they hope to pull out a win

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Ainsley Allan

The Scouts field hockey team faced off against Glenbard West on Tuesday, Sep. 18 on the Scouts home field. GBW placed 3rd in the State tournament last year, while the Scouts placed 1st. The Scouts expected the game against the 3rd place winners to be a tough match up, but fortunately for them, it wasn’t as difficult as expected. The Scouts ended up winning the game 4-0, leaving GBW scoreless.

In the first half, the Scouts scored three goals, but unfortunately one was called back, so the score that ended the half was 2-0. Even though the Scouts were up by two goals, they still had to fight hard for the win, as GBW was not going to give them an easy game. The Scouts came out strong, knowing they had to do whatever it took to dominate the game and get the win.

“It was a very stressful game and our warm up was kind of rushed and I feel that we did not get in the right mindset right away but also I think that we got into it really quickly after that and we started the game strong. Once we got into our flow of the game, we were able to work well as a team and I think by the end of the game we worked much better together than in the beginning and it helped us pull out the win,” senior Annie Burdiak said.

There were some moments in the game where the Scouts had to defend well in order to get the shutout. In the first half, GBW got a breakaway and Heidi Richardson, freshman goalkeeper, came out with a slide tackling save to keep the Scouts alive.

“After Heidi made that save, it kind of caught us off guard and let us know that we had to step it up so that we wouldn’t put our goalie and defense under that kind of pressure,” Burdiak said.

Some key players of the game were Gracie McGowan, Addie Sidles, and Madden Plante. McGowan and Sidles kept control in the midfield, keeping GBW from being able to dominate the game. Plante battled through defenders, reaching the goal multiple times and creating scoring options for the Scouts.

Up next, the Scouts play against Naperville North on Thursday, Sep. 20 and Saturday, Sep. 22. Both games are at home, so come support your Scouts!