Defense leads varsity field hockey to a senior day win versus Detroit Country Day


The last win on Forest Hills’ home field this season for the varsity field hockey team came in a defensive fashion; the girls showed out in their last game at Ranger field.

Coming into the game, the team had nine days to prepare for the Detroit Country Day Yellow Jackets. It was evident that those nine prep days came in handy. The start was perfect and exactly what Forest Hills was looking for. The team controlled the ball from the start and handled it well.

After many chances at the cage, the Yellow Jacket defense controlled the ball and turned it into an offensive possession. Defensively, the girls did not let up and almost seemed like a wall. Detroit Country Day could barely get any shots on the cage with the smothering Forest Hills defense. When DCD split the defense, it could not convert.

The Yellow Jackets only had two shots on goal the whole game and could not convert on either shot. Sophomore goalie Alayna Gschwind had the two stops. On the defensive end, junior Maria Jacobs shined. She locked up any fast-break opportunities that DCD thought it had. Seniors Julia Brown and Sophie Hartl shined on their senior days by stopping the Yellow Jacket attack by forcing turnovers. Offensively, it might not have seemed like Forest Hills’ best performance, but senior Julia Brown thinks differently.

“Even with the low score, it was probably our best offensive game because of how well we were passing the ball and moving together,” senior Julia Brown said.

Forest Hills took care of the Yellow Jackets 1-0. The one goal came from senior Brooke Toigo and was assisted by sophomore Abby Almassian. After the win, Forest Hills moves to 4-7-1 on the season. In their final regular-season game of the year, the girls take on East Grand Rapids. Revenge is the only thing on the team’s mind after the 1-7 loss early on the year versus the Pioneers.