The Gloucester High School varsity girls are rolling through their 2013 field hockey schedule with a perfect record. Anchored by a solid defense, the Dukes have scored 91 goals and given up none.
Coach Mike Miller said his girls are using a formula that works. The forwards pressure the ball up the field, the midfielders back them up and the backs make sure nothing gets near the Gloucester goal.
"I’m so proud of the way they are really playing as a team, really backing each other up and supporting each other," said Miller. He said center midfielder Cassidy Goodwin, a sophomore, particularly does a remarkable job of controlling the ball at her position.
The Dukes latest shutout was against visiting Tallwood on Tuesday. Gloucester won the game, 6-0, with four goals from junior Tori Harwood and one each from seniors Courtnie Greene and Kayla Sadler. Goodwin provided three assists, while Mattie Hutson and Harwood had one each.
Gloucester beat a rebuilding Hampton team, 13-0, at Christopher Newport University last Thursday. Miller said he took his first-string players out early, and his off-the-bench girls did a good job in exercising their passing.
Harwood and senior Simone Gayle each had a hat trick in the shutout, sophomore Brittany Romero and Sadler each scored twice and the Dukes got goals from junior Ashley Bohi, Goodwin and Greene. Goodwin also had three assists, Sadler, Romero and Gayle each had two and freshman Molly Vaughan had one.
Sadler, Greenr and Goodwin all scored in the 3-0 win at Menchville on Sept. 24. Miller said the taller, thicker grass on the Monarchs’ field is usually a challenge to his players, as it slows their game.
"We gave up five or six corners and we didn’t finish in front of the goal," Miller said, adding that the Dukes were helped by junior goalkeepers Izzy Morande and Sara Beamer, who combined for five saves. Cassidy and Hutson each had assists.