Bobcats field hockey team overcomes scoring drought

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 20, 2011
Co-captain Sara Bisighini scored two goals for the Bobcats during the Oct. 18 game vs. Wethersfield High School.
Co-captain Sara Bisighini scored two goals for the Bobcats during the Oct. 18 game vs. Wethersfield High School.

“We’re much better than our record shows,” said senior co-captain Sara Bisighini about the South Windsor High School field hockey team. The 8-0 win, on Oct. 18, over Wethersfield High School brought the teams’ record to 5-5, most likely advancing the team to post-season. “We have an incredible amount of potential,” added Bisighini. “When it clicks, we’re unstoppable.”

The team has had five coaches over the past four years. According to senior midfielder Taylor Przybylski, the players were able to overlook the inconsistency because the team knew what they needed to do.

This season, Jen Bolduc took on the role of head coach. She previously coached the lacrosse team at Newington High School. “My biggest thing,” said Bolduc, “is helping them find their inner motivation.” She has pushed the team physically so that the athletes realized their potential. “We’re all-around a very strong team,” she added, noting that the players have very strong skill sets.

The early Bobcat scoring in the Oct. 18 game against Wethersfield provided an opportunity for the alternate players to gain experience on the field. Bisighini noted that the team managed to take the Eagles’ goalie out of her game, with the forwards and midfielders meshing well and communicating on the field.

The team lost eight seniors last year to graduation, including the goalie. Freshman Caitlin Gilligan stepped into the role of goalkeeper, relying on her past experience as a field hockey player and lacrosse goalie. Bolduc described Przybylski and junior Angie King, center  midfielder, as “very strong leaders on the field.” Senior Jenna Harner is the team’s co-captain.

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