An experienced varsity field hockey squad starts the season off 1-2-1


The FHC varsity field hockey team headed into the 2020-21 season with extreme confidence. The team returned all but one player and retained six key seniors, including Brooke Toigo and Sophie Hartl. 

“We were a young team that had only one senior, but we were close,” junior Shannon Murphy said. “Now that we have played together and been through some hardships, we are ready to play as a team and win as a team.”

Week one had two big-time opponents: Saline and Father Gabriel Richard. Saline was the first opponent and had clear intentions. The Hornets were led by a vigorous offensive attack; Forest Hills started down early and could never recover. The girls fell to 0-1 on the season. 

A 0-1 start was not an ideal opening, but the girls were ready to bounce back. In their second matchup, the Rangers faced Father Gabriel Richard. The private school from Ann Arbor proved to be a troublesome opponent. In a back-and-forth battle, Forest Hills tied the Fighting Irish. Although the girls lost to the Hornets of Saline, FH settled in the middle and tied its second game.  

After one loss and one tie, the girls finally notched a win in the record column, as they faced a familiar foe in the Rockford Rams. Momentum drifted away from the Rams early, and FH took advantage. The team dominated all four quarters, ending in a win for the girls. Forest Hills improved to 1-1-1.

In its latest game, the girls took on Ann Arbor Pioneer, who would prove to be the best opponent Forest Hills had faced all season. The first quarter was kryptonite for the girls. Despite the start, the girls displayed a late burst of effort-plays. In the end, Ann Arbor Pioneer defeated FH 8-0.

The girls move to 1-2-1 after a tough loss to the Pioneers. Forest Hills takes on East Grand Rapids at home on Tuesday, September 6th. This heated rivalry game will prove to be an important mark in the team’s season.