The Fleetwood High School Girls' Varsity and Junior Varsity Field Hockey teams squared off in a double game against Wilson High School on Sept. 15. Both Fleetwood teams won, 2-1. The excitement shifted from one end of the field to the other as both teams fought to keep the ball in the other's half.Stephanie Barnett and Ericka Diehl both scored for the varsity team.
"Both teams played well and were determined to win," Joyce Angstadt, the Fleetwood girls' varsity coach, said.
The games took place on the brand new field behind Fleetwood High School, built this past summer, made of artificial materials, including Astroturf instead of grass.
"The new field is great because the players don't have to worry about holes or clumps of grass getting in the way of the ball," Angstadt said. "This field makes for a much smoother game, so the girls can execute their moves better."
Angstadt, who has been coaching varsity at Fleetwood since 1991, coaches the teams along with a team of assistants and volunteers that include Jaime Bauer, Lindsay Rothenberger, Beth Breisch and Mary Hill.
"All five of us work as a team to coach the JV and varsity teams together," Angstadt said.
The varsity team captains are Emily Jensen, 17, of Blandon; Lauren Guido, 17, of Blandon; and Kristen Tongue, 18, of Reading. All of the girls have been playing field hockey since seventh grade and were selected by the coaches as captains because of their advanced skills.
The team captain's jobs are to lead pre-game warm-ups, get the team ready for practice, and talk to officials on the field if there are any problems during the game.
"I love field hockey because it's different and challenging," Jensen said. "And it's extremely fun once you learn how to play."
Guido and Tongue agreed that the appeal of the game is its challenging nature, Guido adding that it takes a lot of mental ability along with the physical.
"It's also great being part of a team and playing with your friends," Tongue said.
The Fleetwood field hockey season runs from the first day of school until the second week of October. The teams play an average of three games per week for a total of 18 games per season.