The varsity field hockey team survived an early scare and responded with a quick pair of goals to earn their first home win, besting a gritty Deerfield squad 2-1 on Sep. 21.
Despite going down 1-0 early, the Bearcats (2-0) responded with goals by Taylor Leckey ’20 and Meagan Campbell ’21 in a two-minute span of the first half to take a lead they would not relinquish.
It was a day that saw balanced, quality play on both sides, with each team advancing the ball deep into its opponent’s territory and setting up good scoring chances.
Hotchkiss would ultimately finish with small edges in the major statistical categories, leading 9-4 in shots (4-1 in shots on goal) and 6-3 in corners.
Joining Leckey with multiple shots on the day were starting forwards Nia Butler ’21 and Maggie Hatch ’21 and starting midfielder Sandrine Brien ’20, who each had two. Butler nearly put the home team on the board first with a nifty breakaway, but her shot hit the right post.
Starting midfielders Bella Pugliese ’20 and Grace Keefe ’22 made a significant impact in the play, helping the Bearcats reverse field by repeatedly slicing through the Deerfield defense to set up the offense for Hotchkiss.
The Big Green would take an early lead, however, with a goal in the 14th minute, knocking the ball past goalie Emily Ferguson ’20 after being denied on several attempts from point-blank range.
After a timeout to regroup, the Bearcats started to gain control of possession and build momentum, leading to Leckey’s goal from short range in the 32nd minute to equalize the score at 1-1.
And Campbell put the team ahead for good with one of her many hard blasts, this one from medium range off a pass from Pugliese less than two minutes later to give Hotchkiss a 2-1 lead.