The varsity field hockey team loses a scrappy game against Novi


After the three-game stretch last week, the varsity field hockey team got some much-needed rest before its game against Novi. The girls found a new “juice” in their last game and would show improvements against the Wildcats.

Forest Hills started off fast, as the offense got many looks in the early part of the game. However, most of the first half was played on the defensive end. For the most part, the defense stepped up and shut down the Wildcats. Novi had a few corners, but the defense used heavy communication to counter the opposing offense.

The team faced some adversity from a third party during the first half. FH faced different officials than they were used to, which hurt them in the first half. Nonetheless, a completely different team came out for Forest Hills in the second half; its movement offensively was exceptional. Also, the girls had adjusted to how the officials were calling the game. They had many chances but could not convert. Defensively, the group dominated despite the score, stopping six corner opportunities. Although the game seemed evenly matched, the Wildcats took advantage of their small opportunities. They defeated the Forest Hills 3-0. 

Big performances in this game came all over the field for Forest Hills. Senior Brooke Toigo held down the middle and was a crucial player on both sides of the ball. Logan Kirkwood dominated offensively, getting multiple shots on the cage. Maria Jacobs also had a solid day for the defense; she helped take free hits in the midfield. 

After the loss, Forest Hills falls to 3-7-1 on the season. The girls travel to Detroit Country Day to take on the Yellow Jackets. Winning this game would be crucial for their placement in the upcoming playoffs. 

“Another must-win game is coming up this Saturday,” Head Coach Gabriella Coty said. “If we can jump on some offensive opportunities, I’m confident we can get it the win.”