It’s been a slow start to the Berks League season for the Schuylkill Valley High School field hockey. The Panthers dropped their first three games before earning their first win, a 1-0 overtime victory at Fleetwood.
The winning goal came off the stick of junior Rebecca Hauser. Three days later Hauser also scored the overtime goal to give the Panthers a 2-1 non-league win over Muhlenberg.
It was Hauser’s 16th goal of the season, which is second in the league behind Berks Catholic’s Katrina Balatgek who has 20 goals.
It’s been a breakout season for Hauser who scored eight goals during her sophomore season. She played club hockey all summer and came into the season ready to go.
Her role on the team is definitely to score goals. She has scored more than half of the team’s goals, but she doesn’t feel that she has to be the one to score the goals.
“I don’t necessarily feel a lot of pressure,” said Hauser. “We work together to get the ball up the field and have a number of girls who are also able to shoot and score.”
Hauser is only a junior, but as the team’s primary goal scorer, the role of leadership also goes to her. It’s a role she feels comfortable playing.
“I feel that every team needs a leader in order to succeed, especially on those midweek game days or practice days with the stresses of school and fatigue,” said Hauser. “The team needs people who can step up and get them excited and ready to play. I’ve always felt that being a leader comes pretty easy to me.”
Hauser started play field hockey in second grade. She instantly fell in love with the game and has worked hard to be the best player she can be ever since.
“It (field hockey) has become my passion since then, but I think my love for the game truly comes from working on a certain skill for two weeks, or even months, and finally being able to perfect it and apply it in a game situation,” she said. “To me, it just makes the game so much more rewarding.”
It’s her work ethic that has made her the player she is today. She’s never been one to settle for just being good - she wants to be the best. But she’ll give most of the credit to the others around her.
“I credit the success that I have achieved to the various coaches/coaching styles that I have been exposed to because there is always something you can learn from a coach whether you like them or not,” said Hauser. “I also give credit to all my teammates, club and school, because we work together to succeed as a team on and off the field.
“Most of all I credit my parents for my success because they have traveled here, there and everywhere for me, woken up at 4 a.m for games, watched games in the sweltering heat or in the freezing cold indoor complexes, but most of all because they are my biggest fans and keep me grounded and focused even on off days.”
Hauser is optimistic about the rest of the season. Although the team is 1-3 in the league, they are 6-4 overall and have shown signs of turning around a program that has struggled the past three years.
“I feel that our season has been a learning one,” said Hauser. “We started off strong and had a two game fall-off, but we are refocused on what needs to be accomplished. I think we have played pretty well so far, and with our adjustments, I think that we have a promising second half of the season.”