Friday, November 26, 1999
Rebuilt CCHS Field Hockey team makes for successful season
After graduating thirteen seniors from the 1998 season, the 1999 CCHS varsity field hockey squad was low on experienced players. Some critics and followers even expected a rebuilding year. This was not to be the case, however.
Coached by Bob Murphy and led by senior Captain Whitney Warren and junior assistant captain Ashley Bennett, the team leaped into the first part of the season carrying only eight seniors, nine juniors, and one sophomore. The season began with a 2—0 win over Wayland, and continued on from there.
Each of Carlisle's five players on the team made an incredible contribution to the season's success. The squad's accomplishments included beating Bedford, Newton-South, Wayland, and Westford each twice. At season's end, the in-league record for the team was eight wins, four losses, and two wins, with an overall record of 8—7—3.
Against Weston, Concord-Carlisle was left with two ties, however in both games CCHS dominated for all sixty minutes. The most triumphant win of the season came under the lights at the second game against the Westford Grey Ghosts. The Patriots dominated the game both halves and outscored Westford by 2 goals. Junior goalie Shannon Buell also blocked what shots the Westford offense could muster. This game was the turning point in the season and paved the way for the team to make the state playoffs.
Susan Goehring and Taylor Lane added their skills to the squad on the forward line throughout the season. The year included an incredible four goals by junior right wing Goehring, who had a fantastic season, despite missing a week due to a concussion, received in a game against Newton South. Junior Taylor Lane made a great impact at left inner and was active in nearly every offensive drive the squad had. Her aggressive play helped her keep ahead of several opposing defenders. Bennett, in her second year as a starter, had a great year at center midfield and scored a valuable goal against Weston. Junior Candace Oyer, another first year player, had an excellent season playing left wing, left inner and left midfield, also scoring an important goal for the team.
Concord-Carlisle was seeded fifteenth going into the state tournament and drew a first-round game at Acton-Boxboro, one of CC's biggest rivals. Having lost to A—B the first time they played in the regular season 3—0, the Patriots had improved enough to limit A—B's win to only 1—0 the second time. The tournament game was one of the most anticipated of the year. Concord-Carlisle held the Colonials through an exciting 52 minutes until A—B barely managed to put one by Buell in goal.
Junior Erin Moseley, brought up from the junior varsity to play in the tournament, played an incredible game at left fullback, blocking several A—B advances and containing A—B's right side offense. Moseley's cool and calm attitude on the field prevailed for the 55 minutes of high-strung intensity she played through. Though A—B advanced onto the next round, the strength and unity the C—C squad displayed showed how much this team had grown over the season. Every player gave 100% effort, and this season was one to remember. Buell had this to say about the year: "In the final game, even down to the final minute, we never gave up. We didn't give up all season."
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