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Prep Field Hockey: Late goals help Wildcats outlast Black-Hawks

BY JUSTIN RICE

Mountain View’s field hockey team wants to be tested to be pushed to be tried in battle.

“We need those intense games,” Wildcats coach Pattie Sullivan said. “If we want to get better, we’ve got to be playing the better teams.”

Sullivan got such a test Thursday, and her team came out with pretty positive results.

Mountain View improved to 7–0 with a 3–0 win against Brooke Point yesterday. After a scoreless first half, the Wildcats poured in three goals in a four-minute flash to pull away from the Black–Hawks (5–2).

“We just had a really hard time finishing the ball,” said Mountain View’s Olivia Hubert, who assisted on the first two Wildcat goals. “We finally just got it in there the second half.”

Hubert has been a big part in Mountain View’s most important change this year: replacing her sister, Bailee Hubert, at center midfield. Bailee Hubert was the 2011 Free Lance–Star player of the year and the key cog in Mountain View’s attack last season.

In her coach’s eyes, Olivia Hubert has done an admirable job.

“I think she’s done great,” Sullivan said. “She’s handling it very well. She’s not as boisterous as Bailee may have been, but that’s going to come with confidence.”

Another key change has been Bryce Barnes’ move from defense to midfield. Barnes led the team last year in defensive stick saves, but has been called on this fall to be more of an attacker.

“We’ve had to make adjustments,” Barnes said. “But I think we’re pretty well used to each other now. We know who’s going to be where and when. I think we have good chemistry now.”

Mountain View controlled possession in the first half Thursday, outcornering Brooke Point, 4–1, with a 10–0 advantage in shots on goal.

But the Wildcats couldn’t finish.

Brooke Point goalie Stephanie Davis was strong and defender Caitlin Flinn made a stick save in the final minute of the half on a ball that had gotten past Davis.

“We just couldn’t seem to get a good shot off. They had a lot of sticks around the ball,” Sullivan said. “Give credit to their goalie—she did a good job punching it back out of there.”

The possession was similar in the second half—Mountain View had an 11–0 shot advantage—and this time, the Wildcats found the cage.

Hubert made a nice pass across the front of the goal with 18 minutes, 38 seconds to play to Emily Johnson, who scored to give Mountain View a 1–0 advantage.

Hubert’s long pass into the circle two minutes later was tipped into the cage by McKenzie Cox.

And Morgan Lowry capped the scoring with 14:03 left, completing the play off a long entry pass from Cox.

Brooke Point did have three second-half corners to none for Mountain View, but the Hawks did not get a shot through to the Wildcats’ keeper.

For Mountain View, it’s just another step forward, adjusting to some big changes, while hoping to again challenge for the district title.

“It was all Bailee last year, dishing us the ball,” Olivia Hubert said. “We just have to all work together to fill those spots. I think we’re getting there.”

Justin Rice: 540/368-5045

jrice@freelancestar.com

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