By Sarah Kang
On September 17th at 5:30 in the evening, the Glenelg Varsity field hockey team found a way to defeat the impenetrable Arundel defense during the second overtime.
The Glenelg Varsity field hockey team won 2-1 in double over time, with senior Tess Muneses ripping a shot from the top of the circle. As the ball hit the backboard of the goal cage, the crowd went wild and the Gladiators rushed onto the field as if they had claimed the class 2A title again.
After a neck to neck battle during the first overtime, the Gladiators dominated the second overtime and were seconds away from scoring. Head coach Nicole Trunzo stated, “We are so close to finishing. We just have to get it in.” Senior Sarah Cipolla, eliminating all the defenders, drove the ball to forward Mallory Jubb. As the ball was hit to the stroke area, senior Tess Muneses hit the ball and it successfully landed into the goal cage.
Throughout the game, the Gladiators were dominating the first half, but they were unable to finish. The Arundel Wildcats became more aggressive towards the end of the game and worked their way up the field. Passing through hordes of athletes, Arundel’s Freshman Lana Hamilton and Junior Kathleen Bevans used their passing skills and vision and attempted to score.
After many jaw dropping saves, keeper Rachel Barker was defeated and the Wildcats tied the game 1-1.
The Wildcats earned a penalty stroke and Freshman Lana Hamilton took a strong, lift shot. As the ball was traveling in the air, Barker did not allow it to go into the goal. After fourteen more attempts to shoot, the Wildcats went into overtime with the Gladiators.
The was game was very intense and the stands were screaming and stomping every second of it. As the game concluded, the Gladiators, with a win, were overly joyful and were on to prepare for the next match against South River, another aggressive team. The Gladiators were on a roll and captain Kathryn Hoffman stated, “I think we are really going to do well this season! We have played very competitive teams and won all of our games so far. I really think that this year we may be able to go to state’s again!!” Stay tuned for more news on how the field hockey team does in their upcoming games!