Varsity - CIF Div I & Avocado League Champions
Four Falcons Make Regional
Once again Torrey Pines field hockey will be well
represented at the USFHA National Futures Championship in Virginia. After
an intense tryout in Berkeley, senior Paige Simmons and junior Chelsea
Yogerst were among the 17 players chosen for Region 11 (Western US) Under-19
team; senior Kendra Bills was tabbed as an alternate for the same team.
Meanwhile, sophomore Dana Mannheim was chosen for the Under-16 squad. Given
the fact that all of the players on both teams hail from California, these
are the de facto California state high school teams for 2009. The NFC is
scheduled for June 24-30 at the National Field Hockey facility in Virginia
Beach, when the two California squads will take on other regional national
teams for their respective national championships. This is the fifth time
that Simmons has been selected for this honor, the fourth time for Bills
and Yogerst, and the first for Mannheim.
North County Field Hockey
Monday - Thursday, June 15 through 18, 2009,
4pm-7pm, Hockey under the lights,
Grades 3rd - incoming 9th, click
here for the flyer with more info & the registration form
Torrey Pines High School Stadium/ Turf field (directions)
The coaching staff for the camp will be provided
by collegiate field hockey players, members of the 2008 CIF Championship
Torrey Pines team, and 2008 North County Coach of the Year, Torrey Pines
Head Coach, Kari DiGiulio. Coach DiGiulio brings her knowledge of
the game from her 8 years experience as a Varsity high school coach and
as a former DIV. 1 player. The camp will focus on the game of field hockey,
rules, basic skills, as well as individual and team skills. This camp is
great for new players, as well as those who have played in junior high
and are trying out for a high school team in August.
TO REGISTER: Please fill out the registration
form and release waiver and mail to:
TPHS Foundation: Falcon Field Hockey Camp
PO BOX 2489
Del Mar, CA 92014-1789
Make check payable to: TPHS Foundation: North County
Field Hockey Camp
Falcon Field Hockey Day Clinic
Saturday, June 6, 2009, 8:30am-11:00am,
Torrey Pines High School Stadium/ Turf field (directions)
here for the flyer with more info & the permission form
The 2008 CIF champion Torrey Pines Varsity Field
Hockey Team, along with Head Coach Kari DiGiulio, invite you to attend
their annual Spring Clinic.
Aimed at players from 3rd grade (beginners) to
advanced middle school, the one-day clinic will be conducted by the TPHS
Varsity Team and coaching staff. Athletes will have the opportunity to
work one-on-one with varsity team members and gain a deeper understanding
of the game, as well as gain skills to help increase their individual level
Please join us for a day of hockey in the sun!
If there are any questions, please contact coach Kari DiGiulio at: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE BRING: Shin guards, mouth guard, water bottle and
field hockey stick. If you do not have a stick, one will be provided.
COST: Clinic is $35.00. Please try to reserve your
spot by May 30, 2009. Scholarships available.
Please mail the Player
Information/Parent Permission slip to:
TPHS Foundation: Falcon Field Hockey Day
PO Box 2489
Del Mar, CA 92014-1789
Make check payable to: TPHS Foundation: Falcon Field
Wow! What a season!!!
CIF Division I Playoff Brackets: latest
info - tpfieldhockey.com bracket and official
Most Recent Photos (you can see all of the photos on the Photos
19th, Varsity vs. Fallbrook, CIF Division I Semifinal photos (by Anna Scipione)
TopOfTheCircle.com Ranks Torrey
Pines in America's Top Ten High School Field Hockey Teams
[Jan 21, '09] TopOfTheCircle.com published
their final top 10 list of 2008, which is reprinted below.
(final 2008 rankings)
1. Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 29-0
2. Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 23-1
3. Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) 24-2-1
4. Voorhees Eastern (NJ) 23-2
5. Garden City (NY) 21-0
6. Lakeville Hotchkiss School (Conn.) 19-0
7. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 23-2
8. San Diego Scripps Ranch (Calif.) 22-4
9. East Rochester (NY) 21-0
10. San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Other California teams: San Diego Serra (23), Escondido
San Pasqual (32), Los Gatos (44)
TopOfTheCircle.com Ranks Four
San Diego County Teams on Their Top 50 List
[Dec 17, '08] TopOfTheCircle.com published
50 list yesterday, with the CIFSDS champion and Avocado League champion
Torrey Pines Falcons ranked at a respectable #10. Other notable San
Diego county teams are: #8 Scripps Ranch, #23 Serra, and #32 San Pasqual.
California made an excellent showing on the list with 5 teams overall,
equal in number to the field hockey powerhouse states of Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, and New York, also with five teams each in the top 50. Click
here to see the entire list.
Another TopOfTheCircle.com article worth
reading, talks about a number of San Diego County teams and both playoff
here to read: Dec. 2, 2008 — Region of the Year: CIF San Diego Section.
Eight Falcons Named Avo League
[Dec 16, '08] Eight Falcons have been named
to the 2008 Avocado League All-Star Team, an all-time high for Torrey Pines
field hockey. Kendra Bills, Paige Simmons and Ashlee Schlesier were named
to the first team; Alexa Golden and Sheridan Edwards to the second team;
Sharon Wiley, Chelsea Yogerst and Meghan O'Rourke to the honorable mention
team. Kendra Bills was named "Avocado League Player of the Year."
For Bills, Schlesier and Yogerst, this marks
their second straight appearance on all-stars following Palomar League
nods in 2007. This is also the most Falcons that have ever been named league
all-stars in a single season, beating the record of seven set by the 2002
Falcons, who also won a CIF title (assistant coach J.J. Javelet was one
of the all-stars that year). Torrey also had six league all-stars in 2000
and six in 1996.
here to see all of the North County league all-star teams.
Kendra Bills CIF Championship
Player of the Game Interview on KBCsports.com
to play the Interview (uses Windows Media Player)
Quoted from KBCsports.com
11.22.08 - Kendra Bills POG listing... "The D-1 San Diego Section Field
Hockey title is going back to Torrey Pines for the first time since 2002.
The Torrey Pines Falcons used the extra 10 minutes to score twice and claim
the title with a 3-1 victory at Rancho Bernardo High School Saturday. Senior
Kendra Bills opened the scoring for the Falcons, and was selected as the
KBCsports.com Player of the Game for her efforts. Bills was steady with
her play all night, along with the rest of her Falcon teammates. Not to
be outdone the San Pasqual Eagles battled back and tied the game in the
second half to eventually force overtime. The Eagles lone goal was scored
by Nadia Namdari, who played an outstanding game along with fellow Eagle,
Alohi Ornellas. Ornellas, however, missed two shot opportunities in the
overtime period. Scoring in OT for the Falcons was Meghan O'Rouke and Chelsea
Yogerst, their scoring efforts came within two minutes of each other. In
goal for the Falcons was Ashlee Schlesier who finished with 4 saves on
BREAKING NEWS: DiGiulio and
Bills Scoop North County Honors
[Nov 24, '08] Kari
DiGiulio has just been chosen "North County Field Hockey Coach of the Year"
and Falcon senior Kendra Bills "North County Field Hockey Player of the
Year" by the North
County Times. Bills and Torrey teammate Paige Simmons were also named
to the paper's All-North County field hockey team. Bills will play her
college ball at Cal Berkeley next year, Simmons at Columbia University
in New York.
Torrey Streaks Past San Pasqual
for CIF Title
[Nov 22, '08] Torrey Pines won the San Diego
division one championship in dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon at
Rancho Bernardo stadium, streaking past San Pasqual by a score of 3-1 in
a game that featured gutsy performances on both sides of the ball and late
Falcon heroics. The game wasn’t decided until the final moments of overtime
when sophomore Meghan O’Rourke and junior Chelsea Yogerst scored back-to-back
goals to give the Falcons the win. Head coach Kari DiGiulio told the press
afterwards that it “was everything a championship game should be – and
more.” And indeed it was, a contest that featured sudden changes of momentum,
incredible offensive and defensive plays, and even a few controversial
The Falcons had the early momentum but couldn’t
put the ball past the Eagles keeper despite several short corners. San
Pasqual began to counterattack, at one point keeping the ball in the Torrey
zone for close to five minutes. DiGiulio called a time out to settle her
squad, and that seemed to do the trick. Half a minute later the Falcons
responded with a fast break with sophomores Brittany Norfleet and Caitlin
Mackey streaking up the left sideline into the Eagles’ circle. Mackey was
brought down by a San Pasqual defender and the refs initially called for
a penalty stroke. But after conferring for several minutes, the officials
changed the call to short corner. Torrey’s first attempt went wide right,
but another corner was called. And this time the Falcons found the back
of the cage, senior midfielder Kendra Bills scoring on a blistering shot
from the top of the circle after a nifty turnaround pass from Sheridan
Edwards. But the Eagles came right back, swarming into the Falcon circle
on a drive that ended with another whistle and another referee conference
– to decide if Falcon keeper Ashlee Schlesier was guilty of covering up
the ball. The ensuing penalty stroke – take by San Pasqual star Mallory
Albini – was batted away by Schlesier to preserve the lead going into intermission.
San Pasqual came out half time with renewed
determination and they would largely dominate the second frame. Schlesier
turned away a hard shot by Albini six minutes into the half. The Falcons
weathered a quick series of four Eagles corners and looked to be regaining
the momentum, when a defensive error let San Pasqual back into the game.
Eagles leading scorer Nadia Namdari pounced an on errant pass and blasted
a long, pinpoint shot into the upper right-hand corner of the Torrey cage
to tie the score. The two teams battled up and down the field for the remainder
of the half as the momentum swung back and forth. San Pasqual had several
good looks at the goal that were either swatted away by Schlesier or cleared
by a Torrey defender. As the sun faded and the stadium lights came on,
the deadlocked (and clearly exhausted) teams found themselves facing ten
minutes of overtime.
Both coaches whittled down their lineups
to seven players apiece for overtime. On the Torrey side, DiGiulio tabbed
Schlesier, Edwards, Bills, O’Rourke, Yogerst, Alexa Golden and Paige Simmons
to play the extra time. “With our speed and ball control, I was confident
with the seven I put out there,” the Falcon coach told the press later.
Unlike the regular season, championship overtime cannot be decided by a
“golden goal” – the full ten minutes must be played no matter now many
goals are scored. San Pasqual head coach Kelly Gannon said it comes down
to who had the legs left and who would push the hardest. At the start of
the overtime it looked like that would the Eagles, with Alohi Ornellas
firing off two shots that just missed. But then came another of those sudden
and dramatic momentum shifts that had marked the whole game. The Falcons
counterattacked and earned a short corner with 4:41 left to play. O’Rourke
inserted the ball and sprinted to the left post, where she blasted a pass
from Edwards past the Eagles keeper giving the Falcons the lead again.
Just 43 seconds later, Torrey put the game out of reach on a beautiful
fast break that ended with Bills dishing off to Yogerst who scored one-on-one
versus the Eagles keeper.
It was the third CIF San Diego section championship
for Coach DiGiulio and the Falcons, who also won in 2001 (when they beat
LCC in the final) and 2002 (when they topped San Pasqual). Scripps Ranch
defeated Serra 2-1 in overtime to win the CIF division two (small schools)
championship on Saturday.
SignOnSanDiego article: "Torrey
Pines Goalie Feels Winning Vibe"
North County Times article: "PREP
FIELD HOCKEY: Torrey prevails in overtime thriller"
CIF Playoff Event Photos at SusanCooperPhotography.com
Updated JV Game Reports for
Mission Hills and Escondido
Click these links for more complete details
of the JV Mission Hills game on Nov 4th and Escondido
game on Nov 6th.
Late Goal Sends Falcons Into
[Nov 19, '08] Torrey Pines booked a place
in the 2008 CIF championship game with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over
on Wednesday afternoon at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons will play San Pasqual,
a 2-0 winner over Vista in the other Division One semifinal. But for more
than a half, it looked like Fallbrook would be the team to play in the
final this Saturday. The Warriors grabbed momentum in the opening minutes,
dominating the midfield and launching one attack after another into the
Torrey zone. They took the lead on a scramble off a short corner about
20 minutes into the game, a slow dribbler that just sneaked past Falcon
keeper Ashlee Schlesier. Fallbrook nearly scored again on a breakaway early
in the second half, but this time Schlesier stuffed the shot. And that
– along with the arrival of the entire Torrey varsity football team in
the grandstand – seemed to stir the listless Falcons. For the first time
all game, they began to attack with confidence, almost scoring twice before
Sheridan Edwards tied the game (off a stop by Kendra Bills) on a short
corner 12 minutes into the second half. The two teams battled back and
forth through the middle of the half, but Torrey slowly but surely wore
down the visitors. The winning goal came with only four minutes left to
play when Chelsea Yogerst deflected a sharp cross from Meghan O’Rourke
past the Fallbrook keeper. The Warriors never mounted a serious threat
after that and the Falcons were able to run out the clock. For the game,
Torrey earned a dozen short corners to Fallbrook’s three. It was Torrey’s
third victory over Fallbrook this season, but by far the toughest. Looking
ahead to Saturday, the Falcons split their regular season series with San
Pasqual, winning 4-2 at home and losing 1-0 on the road. Torrey’s most
recent CIF final appearances came in 2006 when they lost to LCC and 2004
when they dropped a marathon double overtime, sudden-death stroke contest
to Scripps Ranch.
SignOnSanDiego article: "Falcons
rally after halftime 'pep talk'"
vs. Fallbrook, CIF Division I Semifinal photos (by Anna Scipione)
Torrey Tops Titans in Elite
[Nov 17, '08] Torrey Pines kicked off its
2008 CIF playoff campaign with a 5-0 quarterfinal win over Poway
on Monday afternoon at Falcon Stadium. The Titans came out fighting, holding
the high-powered Torrey offense scoreless for the first 20 minutes. The
Falcons finally got on the board when Sheridan Edwards scored off a stop
by Kendra Bills on a short corner. Just 35 seconds later, Stephanie Cowles
made it 2-0 when she deflected a defensive rebound into the cage. Cowles
increased the lead to three when she scored on a beauty of a fast break
with around one minute left till intermission. In the second half, Dorian
O’Leary scored off a pass from Meghan O’Rourke, and then O’Rourke snagged
her own goal on a dish from Alexa Golden. Torrey Pines earned 17 short
corners to just one for Poway, a play that was broken up when Golden cleared
the ball out of the circle. The Titans had no shots on goal as the Falcon
defense racked up yet another shutout. The game was also noteworthy for
that fact that three players called up from the JV team for the playoffs
– Priya Devasirvatham, Sophie Edelman and Lucy Busby – saw their first
varsity action. Fallbrook was leading LCC 3-0 late in the other
quarterfinal and looks to take on the Falcons in the Final Four, a game
scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Torrey Pines. The Falcons have already
bested the Warriors 2-0 and 3-0 this season, but Fallbrook is always a
(late updates: Fallbrook eliminates LCC
with a 3-0 win, Vista upsets RBV 2-0, San Pasqual over Westview 4-0. CIF
Division I Semifinals at 3pm Wednesday are Fallbrook at Torrey Pines, and
Vista at San Pasqual.)
Falcons Take Avocado League
[Nov 12, '08] In their final regular season
game, the Falcons beat rival LCC 1-0 to end up on top of the Avocado
League field hockey standings with a 9-1-0 record. Check back soon
for additional details.
vs. LCC photos (by Anna Scipione)
Night Ceremony photos (by Anna Scipione)
Night Ceremony photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
North County Times article: "PREP
FIELD HOCKEY: This rivalry is too big for the day"
Earlier in the evening the junior varsity
beat the JV Mavs 1-0 in overtime to finish their season undefeated in the
Avocado League, with a 10-0-0 record.
vs. LCC photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Falcons Glide Past Cougars
[Nov 6, '08] Torrey Pines clinched at least
a tie for the Avocado League field hockey title with an 8-0 win over Escondido
on Thursday afternoon. In their first game since the Nov 4th presidential
election, the Falcons “spread the wealth” – a season high eleven different
players racked up points on goals or assists. Torrey came out swinging,
earning seven short corners in the first seven minutes, including one on
which Sheridan Edwards scored after a push from Meghan O’Rourke and stop
by Kendra Bills. Edwards notched her second goal just moments later on
a sweeping shot after a pass from Bills. Coming off the bench, Brittany
Norfleet scored on a dish from Annelysse Eggold. O’Rourke scored off a
defensive stop after Paige Simmons had pushed the ball into the circle.
And then Norfleet made it 5-0 at intermission when she slammed home a nice
backhand pass from Shelby Brown. After the half, Alexa Golden scored on
a pass from Bills after yet another short corner; Stephanie Sabraw found
the back of the cage on a nifty across-the-goalmouth pass from Chelsea
Yogerst; and Julia Colley wrapped things up with a goal off a pass from
Sabraw. The Cougars did a pretty good job at times of moving the ball against
the Torrey midfield, but only earned one short corner and no shots on goal
as keeper Ashlee Schlesier and the Falcon defense chalked up their 15th
shutout of the season.
In other Avocado League action on
Thursday, San Pasqual bounced back with a 2-1 win over Fallbrook and LCC
topped Mission Hills 3-0.
Over on the junior
varsity side, Torrey Pines beat Escondido by an identical 8-0 score.
Caroline Boucher opened up the Falcon scoring barrage off an assist from
Dana Manheim. Sophie Edelman set up the second goal by dribbled up the
right sideline and dishing off to Manheim for the score. Next goal was
off a short corner, with Lucy Busby slamming the ball into the cage off
an assist from Manheim. The fourth Falcon goal was also off a short corner
stop by Edelman and quick shot by Busby. The next two goals were scored
by Edelman, one assisted by Manheim and the other by defender Prya Devasirvatham,
who got a rare chance to play forward. Two minutes later, Edelman picked
up her hat-trick by scoring unassisted. The final Torrey goal came with
around one minute left to play when defender Kaylie Makuteit got the ball
past the Cougar keeper.
versus Escondido photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Torrey Tames Grizzlies Again
[Nov 4, '08] The Falcons suddenly find themselves
alone at the top of the Avocado League again. Not because they beat Missions
Hills 5-0 at home on Tuesday afternoon, but rather because LCC pulled
off the biggest surprise of the league season by upsetting San Pasqual.
Despite dominating play from the start, Torrey took its time putting the
ball in the cage, not earning the first goal until around midway through
the first half when Stephanie Cowles scored on a pass from Kendra Bills.
Minutes later, on a Torrey short corner, Paige Simmons fired off one of
her trademark bullets, which Chelsea Yogerst deflected almost straight
up into the inside “ceiling” of the Grizzly goal. Seventeen seconds later,
Simmons pulled off the play of the game when she scooped up a Bills pass
around the 40 yard line, wove her way through three Mission Hills defenders
and then scored from just inside the circle. Bills was also instrumental
in the fourth Falcon goal, passing to Selin Eisener for a score that made
it 4-0 at intermission. Torrey’s only goal of the second half came on a
sequence of passes from Dorian O’Leary to O'Rourke to Steph Sabraw, who
punched it home.
The JV Falcons
beat Missions Hills 5-0. The first goal was scored off a short corner,
with Dana Manheim passing to Lucy Busby for a shot that went between a
Grizzly defender's legs. The second Torrey score came off a ball dribbled
into the top of the circle by Sophie Edelman, who passed to Manheim for
a goal off the left post. The Falcons didn’t score again until the second
half, when Caroline Boucher found the café off a cross from the
left post by Busby. Busby also assisted on the next goal, scored by Edelman.
The last Falcon goal was scored by Molly Bettencourt with around two minutes
to play. Torrey keeper Heather Schlessier, playing on the offensive line,
had a shot on goal that hit the post. Bettencourt scored another goal at
the final whistle, but the score was disallowed by the referees who said
that time had already expired.
versus Mission Hills photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Avocado League Varsity Standings
Falcons Fly High in Rankings
[Nov 4, '08] Both Torrey Pines and San Pasqual
can take some comfort in the latest field hockey rankings following their
showdown last week. The Falcons kept their second place slot in the Union-Tribune
poll while the Eagles soared to number two in the North County Times
rankings of the best field hockey teams in San Diego County. If the two
Avocado League teams win their last three regular season games, they will
likely be seeded at opposite ends of the CIF Division One playoff bracket
and would not meet again until the championship game (assuming they can
beat the very tough teams they will both have to face in the quarters and
semis). Four of the top eight teams in both polls are from the recently
retooled Avocado, which as predicted has evolved into the county’s toughest
and most competitive field hockey league. Ten of the top 15 teams in the
UT poll are from Division One, meaning the upcoming CIF playoffs are going
to be anything but easy for all those involved.
San Diego Union-Tribune Coaches’ Poll
1. Scripps Ranch (II)
2. Torrey Pines
3. San Pasqual (I)
4. Rancho Buena Vista (I)
5. Serra (II)
6. San Dieguito (II)
7. Fallbrook (I)
8. La Costa Canyon (I)
9. Vista (I)
10. Cathedral Catholic (II).
Others: Westview (I), Helix (I), Hilltop
(I), Poway (I), La Jolla (II).
CIF division in brackets.
North County Times Rankings
1. Scripps Ranch 16-1
2. San Pasqual 13-2
3. Torrey Pines
4. Rancho Buena Vista 16-5
5. Serra 14-3
6. Fallbrook 11-8-1
7. San Dieguito Academy 17-3
8. La Costa Canyon 8-8-1
9. Vista 11-7-1
10. Cathedral Catholic 10-8-1
Others: La Jolla, Poway, Valley Center.
Compiled by staff writer John Maffei
with input from area coaches; team overall records after name.
Eagles Clip Falcons Wings
[Oct 30, '08] Third-ranked San Pasqual
snatched a share of first place in the Avocado League with a hard-fought
1-0 win over second-ranked Torrey Pines on a windy, rainy and rainbow-covered
Escondido afternoon. Playing much more aggressively than three weeks ago
(when the Falcons beat them by two goals), the Eagles took control of the
midfield early and held on late when momentum finally shifted to Torrey.
During a fairly lackluster first half, Kendra Bills stuffed a couple of
San Pasqual short corners and the Eagles had a goal disallowed because
the high shot came on a full swing rather than a flick. San Pasqual came
out of intermission with a burst of energy that yielded several great shots
on goal (turned away by Ashless Schlesier) and a couple of dangerous fast
breaks (shut down by the back wall of Bills, Alexa Golden and Sharon Wiley).
The Eagles finally hit paydirt about six
minutes into the second half when Jenni Allen scooped up a loose ball on
the left side of the circle and slammed it past Schelsier. It was Allen’s
first goal of the season. Just like their first meeting when Torrey Pines
fell behind twice, the Falcons found themselves having to claw back from
a deficit against a very good San Pasqual defense. They almost did it again
– just missing on a cross from Chelsea Yogerst to Paige Simmons that flew
left of the post – but left the comeback too late this time.
For much of the game, the Falcons looked
flat-footed (and tired), which might have something to do with a six-week
stretch in which they have played 15 of 18 games on the road (what’s with
the scheduling this year?). If Torrey can take anything positive out of
the game, it’s the fact they can have an off day and still lose by just
a single goal to another top-three team. But to give them their due, the
Eagles were definitely the better team yesterday. The Falcons can also
look forward to the fact that all of their remaining regular season games
(and probably their first two CIF playoff games) will be at home rather
than an hour bus ride away.
The JV Falcons beat San Pasqual 2-1;
more details to come.
at Fallbrook photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
The Freshmen Falcons snagged what
was probably their biggest win of the season on Thursday afternoon, beating
the Valley Center junior varsity 3-0. Natalie Cathcart scored what turned
out to be the winning goal off a short corner. Chloe Liu gave the Falcons
a two-goal cushion when she deflected the ball into the cage off a big
hit by Kiernan Panish. Lauren Howe put the final nail in the coffin (no
Halloween pun intended) on a breakaway.
Falcons Repel Warrior Invasion
[Oct 28, '08] The Fallbrook Warriors
ventured down the coast with hopes of making up ground in the race for
the Avocado League championship, but found themselves at the short end
of a 3-0 score against Torrey Pines. Even more than they did in Fallbrook
last month, the Falcons dominated the game from start to finish, giving
up only a handful of corners and three shots on goal that Falcon keeper
Ashlee Schlesier deftly swatted away. Kendra Bills scored off a kick back
from Paige Simmons to give Torrey the lead less than three minutes into
the game. About five minutes into the second half, Chelsea Yogerst scored
on an acute angle from the right side after a cross from Meghan O’Rourke
into the Fallbrook circle. Just 28 seconds later, Alexa Golden punched
a dish from Bills into the back of the cage for the final score. The Falcons
remained perched at the top of the Avocado League with a 6-0 record, but
San Pasqual kept pace with a 6-0 win over Mission Hills on Tuesday, setting
up a showdown later this week when Torrey travels to Escondido for the
rubber match of their two-game league series.
The JV Falcons also beat Fallbrook
3-0. More details to come.
vs. Fallbrook photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Meanwhile, the Freshmen Falcons have
been in action again, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Serra JV on Oct 24
and a 2-1 game to the San Dieguito Academy JV on Oct 28. The SDA game ended
1-1 in regulation and went to strokes, with the Mustangs eking out the
win. Lauren Howe notched Torrey’s lone goal.
Falcons Lasso Mavs With Late
[Oct 23, '08] On a wicked hot day in Carlsbad,
Torrey Pines bested archrival La Costa Canyon 1-0 on a goal by Chelsea
Yogerst (off a pass from Alexa Golden) with just over two minutes to play.
The Falcons dominated the stat sheet, earning a dozen short corners and
seven shots on goal to just two corners and two shots for the Mavericks.
But with LCC playing as many as eight defenders in the circle and the 90
degree heat slowing play to a crawl, Torrey had a tough time putting the
ball in the cage. The Falcons snatched the momentum early in the second
half and never let go. The defensive trio of Golden, Sharon Wiley and Kendra
Bills quickly shut down the Mav attack the few times that LCC managed to
push the ball across midfield after intermission. And the relentless Falcon
attack at the other end of the field finally paid dividends. Torrey's scoring
play came after a short corner, a sequence of passes from Paige Simmons
to Golden to Yogerst, who beat LCC goalie Molly Cassidy with a shot into
the upper left-hand corner of the goal. With 2:15 left on the clock, the
Mavs made a valiant attempt to snatch a tying goal, but the Torrey defense
once again rose to the challenge and ran out the clock. Ashlee Schlesier
made two saves in goal for the Falcons, while Cassidy (who will play her
college hockey at Michigan State next year) stopped six for the Mavs. With
half of the 2008 Avocado League season now completed, Torrey finds itself
in first place, one game ahead of San Pasqual.
Link to SignOnSanDiego.com (UT) article:
goal gives Torrey Pines win over Mavericks"
Over on the JV side, the Falcons bested
the Mavericks 2-1 in an exciting overtime game. Sophie Edelman found the
back of the cage just before halftime to give Torrey the lead. LCC rallied
after intermission to send the game into a ten-minute, 7v7 overtime period,
with Lucy Busby scoring the winning goal for Torrey. The victory was the
JV Falcons' third straight over their La Costa counterparts.
at LCC photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Avocado League Varsity Standings
Falcons Crawl Past Cougars
[Oct 21, '08] Playing on the road for what
seemed like the umpteenth time this season, Torrey Pines beat Escondido
4-0 on Tuesday afternoon in Avocado League play. In what is believed to
be the first-ever meeting between the two schools, the Falcons dominated
at both ends of the field, holding the Cougars to zero shots on goal, no
short corners and just one long corner over 60 minutes. Julia Colley put
visitors ahead about ten minutes into the first half when she scored off
a short, quick pass from Sheridan Edwards. Shelby Brown then popped in
two goals in around 30 seconds, the first off a scramble after a short
corner and the second on a pass from Chelsea Yogerst. Paige Simmons scored
the only goal of the second half when she slammed a Dorian O’Leary dish
off the foot of a Cougar defender into the goal. The win kept the Falcons
at the top of the Avocado League standings, one game ahead of San Pasqual,
which beat Fallbrook 4-0 on Tuesday. In other league action, LCC topped
Mission Hills 2-0.
The JV Falcons also beat Escondido 4-0 on two goals
by Dana Manheim and two by Caroline Boucher. More details to come.
at Escondido photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
San Diego Union-Tribune Coaches’
1. Scripps Ranch
2. Torrey Pines
3. San Pasqual
4. Rancho Buena Vista
7. La Costa Canyon
8. San Dieguito
Others receiving votes: Cathedral Catholic,
North County Times Field Hockey
1. Scripps Ranch
2. Torrey Pines
3. Rancho Buena Vista
4. San Pasqual
7. La Costa Canyon
8. San Dieguito Academy
9. Cathedral Catholic
Others: Vista, Hilltop, Poway, La Jolla,
Helix, Valley Center.
Compiled by staff writer John Maffei with
input from area coaches.
Grizzlies Can’t Cage Falcons
[Oct 16, '08] Torrey Pines beat Mission
Hills 7-0 on Thursday afternoon in the first-ever field hockey game
between the two schools. The Grizzlies, under the direction of former Torrey
coach Amy Kivett, have been playing the sport for just four years. And
while they showed spunk as a team and considerable individual talent, they
were no match for the much more experienced Falcons. Torrey scored what
turned out to be the winning point around three minutes into the game when
Meghan O’Rourke notched a back door goal on a Paige Simmons pass off a
short corner. A few minutes later, after another Torrey corner, Chelsea
Yogerst flicked to O’Rourke on the back post for another score. Yogerst
got her own goal a few minutes later and then Simmons made it 4-0 on a
bullet from the right side of the circle. Julia Colley scored from a scrum
inside the Mission Hills circle, and then Caitlin Mackay tallied her first-ever
varsity goal to give the Falcons a six-goal lead at halftime. Playing in
90 degree heat, the intensity level was much lower in the second half.
Simmons earned the only score of the final 30 minutes, when her short corner
shot deflected off a defender’s stick and over the Grizzly keeper’s outstretched
arm into the cage.
The JV Falcons beat their Grizzly
counterparts 5-0 on the grass field at Mission Hills. Torrey racked up
28 shots on goal and the Mission Hills keeper 22 saves. Sophie Edelman
scored off a Caroline Paulson pass for the Falcons first goal. Dana Manheim
made it 2-0 at the half when she scored on a quick shot off a Kimia Rahmati
dish. In the second half, Caroline Boucher scored on a pass from Manheim;
Mia Colbert found the back of the cage after a tap from Paulson after a
short corner; and Boucher scored again after a combination of passes from
Heather Schlesier (making a rare appearance in the midfield rather than
goal) and Paulson.
at Mission Hills photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Falcons Send Eagles Flying
Back to Escondido
[Oct 14, '08] Torrey Pines avenged its loss
San Pasqual in last year’s CIF semifinals with a 4-2 victory
on Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Stadium. The No. 3 ranked Eagles came into
the game on the momentum of a comeback win against No 1 Scripps Ranch.
And for a while it looked like they might fly away with this game too when
they took the lead off a short corner goal by Mallory Albini only three
minutes into the first half. Torrey fought back hard, tying the game on
a shot by Kendra Bills off a dish from Paige Simmons after a short corner.
Simmons just missed scoring on another short corner and hit the left post
with another shot.
Despite the heat and gritty air from fires in the north
county, the two teams picked up the pace after intermission. San Pasqual
grabbed the lead again early in the second half when Eagles leading scorer
Nadia Namdari forced a Falcon turnover and scored form the right side.
But this would be the last time the Eagles put the ball in the cage. A
few minutes later, Stephanie Cowles evened things up again on a big sweeping
shot after a pass from Brittany Norfleet. San Pasqual continued to attack
into the Falcons end of the field, but that just played to Torrey’s offensive
forte – fast break counter-attacks. Chelsea Yogerst launched the first
one when she grabbed the ball at midfield and took it all the way down
the right side to the end line before sending a pass into the circle to
Norfleet, who flicked a pass to Sheridan Edwards for what would turn out
to be the winning goal.
Eagles head coach Kelli Gannon called a time out and decided
to change goalies in an effort to regain the momentum. But another Falcon
fast break ended with Jessica Brown scoring off a rebound/ricochet in front
of the San Pasqual cage. Suddenly Torrey was up by two goals and it was
time for the defense to hunker down. And that they did, the trio of Alexa
Golden, Sharon Wiley and Meghan O’Rourke combining with keeper Ashlee Schlesier
to turn back half a dozen Eagle attacks in the final minutes. Schlesier
blocked one short corner shot that Simmons cleared and then another that
Edwards pushed out of harm’s way. One last Eagle shot flew wide just before
the final whistle.
The win over San Pasqual – combined with a 1-0 Fallbrook
victory over LCC on Tuesday afternoon – gave Torrey Pines sole possession
of first place in the Avocado League. But there’s an awful long way to
go – eight more league games before the champ is crowned including a trip
to Escondido for a rematch with the Eagles on their home grass.
vs. San Pasqual photos (by Anna Scipione)
vs. San Pasqual photos (SusanCooperPhotography.com)
The junior varsity Falcons also gained
some payback, beating the visiting Eagles 2-0 to avenge a two-goal loss
last year. Torrey Pines scored in the first half when midfielder Alex Moreno
carried the ball up the left side of the field and fired a strong cross
into the right side of the goal, which was tapped in by forward Molly Bettencourt.
The Falcons continued to attack, earning plenty of breakaways, short corners,
and shots on goal. On one of those breakaways, right-wing Dana Manheim
sent a cross from outside the circle through the San Pasqual defense that
was tapped in by left-wing Caroline Boucher.
vs. San Pasqual photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Frosh Climb Past the Highlanders
[Oct 14, '08] The Torrey Pines freshmen
beat Helix 3-0 on Tuesday (Oct 14) on the road in La Mesa. Rachel Rankin,
Rachael Haase and Kiernan Parish scored for the Falcons, who pushed their
season record to four wins, three losses and one tie. Next up for the frosh
is the San Marcos JV on Thursday, Oct 23rd in San Marcos.
Frosh Falcons Battle Through
[Oct 10-11, '08] Playing against mostly
junior varsity teams, the Torrey Pines freshmen have every reason
to be pleased with their run through the Helix Tournament last weekend.
On Friday, the young Falcons lost 0-1 to the Serra JV and then tied
the Helix freshmen 0-0. The following day, Torrey beat the El
Capitan JV 1-0 in strokes, with Natalie Cathcart slamming home the
winning shot. In their final game of the tourney, the Falcons lost 0-1
to the Patrick Henry JV 0-1. Congrats to the frosh on a great tournament!
Falcons Return to the Avocado
[Oct 9, '08] Torrey Pines made a triumphant
return to the Avocado League on Thursday afternoon with a 2-0 road win
over Fallbrook. The Falcons last played on the guacamole circuit
in 1998, when they finished second overall. The current version of the
Avocado – with four of the county’s top eight teams – is even tougher than
it was in the olden days. It was a typical Fallbrook-Torrey game: low scoring,
defense dominated and mostly played between the 30 yard lines. Playing
on their brand-new home turf, the Warriors had the early momentum and spent
much of the first 15 minutes in the Falcon end of the field. But Torrey
picked things up towards the end of the first half, springing into the
lead on a goal by sophomore defender Meghan O’Rourke out of a scrum in
front of the Fallbrook cage after a short corner. The second half was even
more of the defensive struggle, with the two teams earning just two short
corners (both of them by Torrey) and the Warriors not getting off a single
shot on goal. One of those corners resulted in the second goal, the Falcons
working the ball all away around the top of the circle to Paige Simmons,
who fired a pass to Shelby Brown, who flicked to Chelsea Yogerst for the
score. By no means was it pretty hockey, but the Falcons have to be pleased
with the final result – beating a very tough team on a long road trip.
Fallbrook has been one of Torrey’s most tenacious opponents in recent years,
winning three of the last five games going into Thursday’s contest. And
all of those five were decided by a single goal no matter who won. The
Falcon’s two-goal margin is their largest over the Warriors since 2003.
Over on the JV side, the Falcons beat
Fallbrook 2-1. Sophomore forward Dana Manheim notched the only score in
the first half, as she dribbled her usual route to the top of the circle,
beat a couple of Warrior defenders, and took a quick shot. Torrey keeper
Heather Schlesier did not touch the ball in the first half. In the second
half, the Falcons scored off a short corner, as Caroline Boucher took the
shot and forward Molly Bettencourt put it past the Fallbrook goalie. With
about three minutes left to play, Fallbrook got a breakaway that produced
the game’s last goal.
at Fallbrook photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Falcons Survive Longhorn Stampede
[Oct 7, '08] In a battle of two teams with
very similar talent and skill sets, No. 2 ranked Torrey Pines outlasted
No. 4 ranked Rancho Buena Vista by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday night
under the lights in Vista. From the very start it was a speedy game between
two teams who love to fast break and counter attack, but who also play
stellar defense. The Longhorns came in riding a four-game win streak, including
a recent upset of No. 3 ranked Serra. And playing in front of their home
fans, RBV grabbed the early momentum, mustering several serious attacks
(and a number of short corners) that had Falcon keeper Ashlee Schlesier
swatting balls away left and right. But it the Falcons who drew first blood,
a counter attack that featured a string of seven Torrey passes. The scoring
drive started deep in Torrey territory when Kendra Bills sent a free hit
to Brittany Norfleet, who passed to Paige Simmons on the right side. Simmons
flicked to Meghan O'Rourke who passed to Chelsea Yogerst, who carried the
ball all the way down to the 30 yard line before crossing to Stephanie
Cowles near the top of the circle. Cowles flicked to Sheridan Edwards who
found Norfleet charging toward the left post and the RBV keeper totally
out of position to stop her shot.
Bills made it 2-0 a few moments later on
a slap shot from the top of the circle after Edwards had brought the ball
up through the middle of the Longhorn defense. But RBV came charging right
back, cutting the lead on a shot off a short corner that hit a Torrey defender's
stick and bounced over Schlesier's outstretched arm into the cage. The
second half was scoreless, but the two teams could not have played more
exciting hockey, charging up and down the field on repeated attacks. Both
earned six corners in the half but neither to find the back of the cage.
There were also some interesting tactical moves by Torrey head coach Kari
DiGiulio, who after a timeout with around ten minutes to play, moved Simmons
back to defense and Yogerst to midfield in order to blunt the relentless
The North County Times published a story
on the game which you can read (click
The JV Falcons beat their Longhorn
counterparts 1-0 in strokes after regulation and ten minutes of overtime
ended in a scoreless tie. The teams decided on just one stroke each; RBV
missed the first swat, but Priya Devasirvatham converted to give Torrey
In their previous game, the junior varsity
Rancho Bernardo 2-0. The visiting Broncos couldn't muster much
offense, bit their defense and keeper kept the Falcons scoreless for much
of the first half despite constant pressure and five good shots on goal.
Just before intermission, Dana Manheim dribbled the ball past several defenders
and found a sliver of daylight in the upper corner of the cage to give
Torrey the lead. The Falcons scored again on a fast break counterattack
with about ten minutes to play as Manheim carried the ball up the right
side of the field and crossed to Caroline Boucher sprinting towards the
at Rancho Buena Vista (RBV) photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Torrey Tames Broncos on Home
[Oct 3, '08] “Home sweet home” could have
been the theme of the Torrey Pines contest against Rancho Bernardo
on Friday afternoon, their first home game in almost three weeks after
a string of nine straight on the road. And boy did the Falcons enjoy the
familiar surroundings, exploding for five goals against an RB team that
had not given up more than one per game previously this season. Stephanie
Cowles got things going about ten minutes into the first half with a fast-break
pass to Chelsea Yogerst, who zigzagged around the last remaining defender
and fired the ball into the upper right-hand corner of the cage. The Broncos
kept things close until the second half, when Torrey’s high-powered offense
really kicked into gear. Paige Simmons fired off a rocket from the top
of the circle to make it 2-0. Minutes later, Sheridan Edwards scored off
a short corner. Yogerst snagged her second goal off a long pinpoint pass
from Kendra Bills. And then Simmons finished things off just before the
final whistle when she scored off a short corner pass from Edwards. The
Falcons defense limited the visiting Broncos to no shots on goals and no
short corners; RB managed to push the ball into the Torrey circle just
once in 60 minutes of hockey.
JV shut out Rancho Bernardo 2-0.
vs. Rancho Bernardo photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Torrey Trips Titans in Triple
[Sept 30, '08] With the field temperature
hovering around 100 degrees, Torrey Pines beat Poway 2-0 on Tuesday
afternoon. The Falcons ninth straight road game fell into a similar routine
as a number of others this season, with Torrey constantly attacking and
the other team barely able to move the ball across midfield. The defense
made sure that Falcons keeper Ashlee Schlesier didn’t touch the ball once
in 60 minutes of play. And neither did the Titans earn a short corner or
shot on goal. The defense also stepped up at the other end of the field,
scoring both Torrey goals. Meghan O’Rourke put the Falcons ahead just before
halftime when she deftly knocked in a loose ball after a short corner.
And Jessica Brown scored her first-ever varsity goal in the second half
to pad the Falcons lead.
[JV, new update Oct 1] The Falcons
JV beat Poway 1-0 in overtime. Despite controlling the flow for much
of regulation and outshooting the Titans, the Falcons found themselves
in a scoreless tie at the end of regulation. About seven minutes into seven-on-seven
extra time, Dana Manheim dribbled the ball into the circle from the right
side and crossed to a wide open Zoey Zobell, who got control of the ball
and quickly shot into the upper left corner of the cage for the game winner.
at Poway photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Despite finishing third in last weekend’s
Serra tournament, the Falcons held onto second place in the weekly rankings
of the top field hockey teams in San Diego County.
North County Times High School
Field Hockey Rankings
1. Scripps Ranch
2. Torrey Pines
4. Rancho Buena Vista
5. San Dieguito Academy
6. La Costa Canyon
7. San Pasqual
9. Cathedral Catholic
Others: Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Helix, Vista, La Jolla,
Valley Center, Hilltop
Compiled by NCT staff writer John Maffei with input from
Torrey Third at Serra Tourney
[Sept 27, '08] Torrey Pines came up against
an immovable object in the semifinals of the 33rd annual Serra Field
Hockey Tournament – a home team bound and determined to make the final
of their own event – and as a result had to play for third place instead
of the championship. The silver lining on a hot and humid Saturday in Tierrasanta
was the fact that Falcons scooped so many spots on the tourney all-star
team and captured half of the tourney MVP trophies.
The Falcons got off to a slow start on Saturday
morning, looking slow, tired and uninspired in the quarterfinals against
a Helix team that could barely get the ball out of their own end
of the field. The game was tied 0-0 at intermission. Chelsea Yogerst finally
got Torrey on the board when she slammed home a goal off a defensive stop.
That seemed to ignite the Falcon attack, which responded with two more
goals in quick order. Following a short corner, Sheridan Edwards flicked
a short pass to Paige Simmons who fired the ball into the cage. Not long
after, Simmons scored again, this time on a perfectly executed give-and-go
with Kendra Bills.
That set up the semifinal showdown with Serra,
a team the Falcons had already beat twice in the last month, both times
by a wide margin. And that might have been the key to victory – the Conquistadors
were determined not to lose three times to Torrey in a single season, especially
in front of their boisterous home fans. For a while it looked like the
Falcons might fly away with the game again. Torrey scored in the first
minute when Yogerst took the ball up the right side and fired a pinpoint
pass across the seam to Julia Colley on the left post. But Serra came right
back, tying the game after a mad scramble in front of the cage drew keeper
Ashlee Schlesier out of position. Five minutes later the Qs drew a penalty
shot when Schlesier was accused of lying on the ball. The Serra keeper
missed wide left. But the same ref who had whistled the controversial penalty
awarded the Qs a second attempt because Schlesier allegedly moved before
the shot was taken. This time Serra converted for a 2-1 lead they would
never relinquish. The second half was hot and brutal, momentum waging back
and forth as the Qs tried to pad their lead and the Falcons trying to snatch
a tying goal that was never to be. Serra earned another penalty shot on
a similar call against Schlesier, but this time the Falcons senior keeper
easily blocked the shot. The Falcon defense kept the Qs at bay the rest
of the way – with Alexa Golden and Meghan O’Rourke turning in big games.
Rather than play another 60 minutes in 90-degree
heat, Torrey coach Kari DiGiulio and Rancho Buena Vista coach Kaci
Bronson decided on best-out-of-seven strokes for third place in the tournament.
Simmons, Edwards, Golden, Caitlin Mackey and Stephanie Cowles hit their
strokes for Torrey, against just two for RVB. In the title game, Serra
took an early 1-0 lead against No. 1 ranked Scripps Ranch, but surrendered
two second half short corner goals to hand the title to the “inland” Falcons.
Simmons, Edwards, Bills, Golden and Schlesier
were named to the all-tournament team. Golden also scooped the tourney
Defensive MVP award while Schlesier was named the event’s Outstanding Goalkeeper.
Torrey finished second in the tourney in both most goals scored (16) and
fewest goals against (3). Yogerst (3 goals, 3 assists) and Simmons (3 goals,
2 assists) were the top Falcon scorers, followed by Colley (2 goals, 1
assist) and Cowles (2 goals). Schlesier bagged a goals-against average
of 0.60 per game. And for those who are interested in Falcon field hockey
history, the team finished 4th in the Serra Tourney last year, 3rd in 2006,
out of the medals in 2005, and 1st in 2004.
Mustangs Shoot Down Falcons
[Sept 25, '08] The Falcons ventured to Encinitas
on Thursday to play San Dieguito Academy and came back scratching their
heads, wondering how much you can dominate a game and still not win. In
nearly every count by which performance is judged Torrey Pines came out
on top. Accept one, of course – the final score – a 1-0 “golden goal” overtime
victory for SDA. The Falcons won the short corner battle 16-3 and out-shot
the Mustangs by an even greater margin. But one standout play, about three
minutes into overtime, was all the home team needed to beat Torrey – a
breakaway by senior forward Liz Simeon, who threaded the Falcon defense
and scored on a big sweeping shot from the left side that beat Falcon keeper
Ashlee Schlesier. During regulation, SDA could muster only two attacks
of any significance and managed just one shot on goal. For much of the
game they were bottled up in their own end of the field with as many as
10 players in the circle at times. Both Paige Simmons and Chelsea Yogerst
got off several good shots, but they were either blocked by the SDA keeper
(who had a superb game) or somehow deflected out of harm’s way by a defensive
foot or stick and in one case one of the Falcon’s own players. Sheridan
Edwards put the ball into the Mustang cage about midway through the second
half, but the goal was disallowed on a controversial call by the ref (who
said the ball was too high off the ground). The way the Mustangs snatched
victory may have been a surprise, but their win certainly was not. SDA
came into the game riding the momentum of a big victory over arch-rival
LCC last Saturday. And they have always played well against Torrey, winning
three out of the last six games at the varsity level going back to 2003.
Torrey's JV shut out the Mustangs JV squad 4-0.
at SDA photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Falcons in the News
[Sept 24, '08] The North County Times newspaper
just published its annual high school field hockey preview and a sidebar
called “Players to Watch.” Torrey Pines features prominently in both stories.
The paper picks the Falcons to finished second in the newly shuffled Avocado
League behind defending CIF champ La Costa Canyon and just ahead of San
Pasqual and Fallbrook. Check out the stories at:
FIELD HOCKEY: Team-by-team capsules
and . . .
FIELD HOCKEY: Players to watch
Freshman Falcons Take Two
[Sept 22&23, '08] The Torrey Pines frosh
got their season off to a great start with a pair of victories earlier
this week. The Falcons topped Canyon Crest Academy 1-0 on Sept 22, with
Chloe Liu scoring the game’s only goal. The following day, they topped
the Helix freshmen 3-0 on goals by Rachel Hasse, Ava Rockman and Chloe
North County Times, San Diego
County Field Hockey Rankings
[Sept 22, '08]
The following list appeared in the North County Times. However, after
reviewing the recent Serra Tournament
results you might feel that a slightly different
order in the ranking would be more appropriate.
Helix, Hilltop, Valley Center, University City.
NCT staff writer John Maffei with input from area coaches.
Falcons Glide Through Serra
[Sept 20, '08] For the third consecutive
year, Torrey Pines sailed through the first day of the Serra Tournament
undefeated, although the last few minutes did provide some drama and tension.
The Falcons started off the day with a resounding
6-0 win over University City, sprinting out to an early lead on
goals by Julia Colley (off a Chelsea Yogerst pass) and Meghan O’Rourke
(off a dish from Colley). Keeping up the pressure, Torrey scored again
when Paige Simmons sent a short pass to Brittany Norfleet, who slipped
a shot past the UC keeper. Dorian O’Leary made it 4-0 at the half when
she knocked in a pass from Alexa Golden. The Falcons padded their lead
after intermission on two short corner scores: the first by Kendra Bills
(unassisted after a defensive save) and the second by Simmons, off an O’Rourke
push and Golden stop. The Centurion attack breached Falcon territory just
twice during the game, but couldn’t get a shot off either time.
The Falcons played what was probably their
best game of the day against Poway, one of their old rivals from
the Palomar League, who they beat 4-0 on crisp passing, excellent shot
selection and great defense. Once again Torrey jumped out to a quick lead,
this time on a marvelous fast break goal that Stephanie Cowles fired into
the upper left-hand corner of the cage off a pass by Yogerst. A few minutes
later, Yogerst made it 2-0 on a pass from Sheridan Edwards. Edwards notched
her own goal later, on an assist from Simmons. And then Cowles finished
things off when she slammed a blocked shot by the Poway keeper into the
cage. Once again, the Falcon defense was stellar, not giving up a short
corner or shot on goal the entire game against the gritty Titans.
In terms of pure excitement, Torrey saved
the best for last – a grudge match against Carmel Valley rival Cathedral
Catholic, located less than a mile from the Torrey campus. Many of
the off the Falcons and Lady Dons played middle school hockey together
or live on the same street, but this is the first time the two teams have
clashed at the varsity level since 2004 (when Cathedral was known as University
High). True to form, the Falcons went on the attack from the opening whistle,
pressing again and again into the Cathedral circle. Chelsea Yogerst finally
gave Torrey the lead when she pounced on a loose ball to the left of the
Cathedral cage and fired a backhand shot past the Dons goalie. A few moments
later, one of the Cathedral defenders cleared a Falcon shot off the line,
but Kendra Bills was there to slam it right back into the goal for two-goal
lead at intermission. But to their credit, the Lady Dons wouldn’t give
up. It took them awhile to build momentum, but they finally earned a short
corner (the first Torrey had given up all day) with about eight minutes
to play and converted to cut the lead to just one. Cathedral kept up the
pressure, earning several more short corners and shots as the clock wound
down, but could not get the ball past Ashlee Schlesier.
So Torrey moves on to quarterfinal match
Helix next Saturday. The Highlanders finished second in
Pool C, losing to Serra 4-0, beating Hilltop 3-0 and tying Vista 1-1. Other
pool winners included Scripps Ranch and a very surprising SDA team that
not only beat defending CIF champion La Costa Canyon 2-0 but helped knock
the Mavericks out of the tournament. Other pool runners-up included RBV,
Fallbrook and Cathedral. If the Falcons get past Helix, they are seeded
to play the winner of the Serra-Cathedral quarterfinal contest.
game schedule for first-round pool games
Panthers Give Falcons All
They Can Handle
[Sept 18, '08]
Playing a day after their big showdown with Scripps Ranch, the Falcons
hopped on a bus again and headed north to Vista for a game against the
always tough Panthers. Most of the game was played in Vista’s end of the
field, and the Falcons drew 12 short corners to only one for the home team,
but the defense-minded Panthers managed to hang on until around midway
through the second half. Chelsea Yogerst finally put Torrey ahead when
she scored on a pass from Stephanie Cowles after a short corner. And that
was all the Falcons attack needed on a hot afternoon in north county. The
defense did the rest, holding the Panthers to just two shots on goal.
JV Update: Falcons Beat Scripps,
Reach Tourney Final Four
[Sept 18, '08]
The news is late in arriving, but we have word on how the junior varsity
Falcons have been fairing of late. The JV lost to Serra 1-0 last week in
a game that came down to the final play – a short corner that Serra converted
with zero time left on the clock. Two days later the same teams went at
each other again in the semifinals of the Serra Tournament, with the Conquistadors
prevailing again, this time on strokes after regulation ended 0-0. Earlier
this week, the Falcons JV beat Scripps Ranch 1-0 on the road to raise their
season record to five wins and two losses.
Serra Tournament photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
JV Falcons Claw Their Way
Past the Panthers
[Sept 18, '08 (report just released, Sept
21)] The JV Falcons went into their road game against Vista with
two initial goals: earning a short corner in the first ten minutes and
not giving up the same to the Panthers. On both counts the Falcons came
through with flying colors, taking the lead seven minutes into the game
on a short corner goal by Alex Moreno on a pass from Zoey Zobell at the
top of the circle. Torrey kept up their attack for much of the game, the
Vista goalie making five saves to keep the margin at one. With around three
minutes left, midfielder Kimia Rahmati sent a 15-yard pass to forward Caroline
Boucher, who dribbled the ball into the circle and scored, making the final
score 2-0 in favor of Torrey.
at Vista photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Last Stroke Lifts Scripps
[Sept 17, '08] In another early season meeting
between two of the top teams in San Diego, proverbial field hockey powerhouse
Scripps Ranch slipped past Torrey Pines on strokes Wednesday afternoon
at (the other) Falcon Stadium. The game couldn’t have been closer: tied
1-1 after regulation and ten minutes of overtime. It all came down to the
tenth and final stroke, which Scripps converted for the win.
It was a game of stark contrasts. Scripps
dominated the first half, earning seven short corners to Torrey’s two.
Scripps finally took the lead about 17 minutes into the game when they
scored on a deflection off a Falcon defender’s stick that blooped over
the head of keeper Ashlee Schlesier. For much of the first 30 minutes,
the Falcons looked flat-footed and were getting beat to the ball. But head
coach Kari DiGiulio must have said something inspiring to her players at
halftime, because Torrey came out blazing in the second half. The Falcons
mustered a number of fast breaks which Scripps only managed to slow down
by drawing fouls. But it was enough to earn the visitors seven short corners,
one of which Sheridan Edwards slammed into the cage off a stop by Kendra
Bills and push by Meghan O’Rourke. The last eight minutes of regulation
was a mad scramble, both teams just missing chances to take the lead.
With the teams paired to seven-aside, Torrey
dominated the opening minutes of the overtime but couldn’t draw a clean
shot on goal. The momentum suddenly shifted when Torrey midfielder Paige
Simmons was forced to leave the game with a leg cramp. Scripps found their
second wind and began to attack, earning six corners over the next six
minutes to none for Torrey Pines. Even then – with such an advantage and
playing at home – Scripps couldn’t punch home the go-ahead goal. And so
it came down to strokes: Torrey hitting two out of five (Stephanie Cowles
and Caitlin Mackey) and Scripps landing three out of five including the
all-important final stroke.
Despite the razor-thin loss, Torrey Pines
bolstered its pre-season position as one of the CIF favorites (as did Scripps
Ranch). And the win was a vast improvement over last year, when Scripps
trounced Torrey both times they met. Scripps heads into this weekend’s
Serra Tournament as the presumptive No. 1 team in San Diego County, with
Torrey Pines breathing right down their neck. There is also some consolation
in the fact that the last time the Falcons won the CIF title, they lost
to Scripps during the regular season.
JV Action: Our Falcons Down
[Sept 17, '08 (report just released, Sept
21)] Sophie Edelman scored on a pass from Kimia Rahmati just three minutes
into the game and the JV Falcons held on for a hard-fought 1-0 win over
Ranch. The remainder of the game went back-and-forth with great plays,
awesome goalie saves and strong defense from both sides. One especially
great play was made by Torrey keeper Heather Schlesier, who made a great
sliding tackle against a Serra break away, keeping them from scoring. “This
was a very close game,” said Torrey JV coach Ana Carlsson. “And we knew
it would be. We had barely beat Scripps at the tournament a few days earlier,
and knew that they would come out strong and determined to not let that
happen again on their home turf.”
at Scripps photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Falcons Shift Into High Gear
[Sept 11, '08] In an early season showdown
between two of San Diego County’s top five teams, Torrey Pines blew past
4-0 on Thursday afternoon at Falcon Stadium. The visiting Conquistadors
came into the game having won three of the last four regular season contests
against the Falcons stretching back to 2005. But it was almost all Torrey
this time, as the Falcons took an early lead and then pulled away in the
second half. Paige Simmons kicked off the lightning-fast sequence that
lead to Torrey’s first goal when she took the ball straight up the middle
through three Serra defenders, hooked up with Chelsea Yogerst on a give-and-go
and then tapped the ball to Stephanie Cowles in front of the cage. Cowles
notched her second goal not long after intermission, when she slammed home
a rebound off a Yogerst shot. A few minutes later, Shelby Brown scored
on an awesome pass from Sheridan Edwards off a short corner. The Falcons
finished things off with a fast break that ended with Yogerst sending a
laser pass between two defenders to Julia Colley on the left post. At the
other end of the field, keeper Ashley Schlesier blocked everything the
Qs sent her way with help from defensive stalwarts Alexa Golden, Kendra
Bills, Sharon Wiley and Meghan O’Rourke. The four-goal margin was the Torrey’s
largest over Serra in the past decade and could be the largest ever.
Serra Tops JV in Heartbreaker
[Sept 11, '08 (report just released, Sept
21)] Over on the JV side, the Falcons had a devastating and heartbreaking
loss against Serra. The first half was pretty even and ended scoreless.
Torrey came into the second half determined to score, with plenty of shots
on goal, penalty corners, and dominant ball control. At one point the Falcons
stayed in the Serra circle for a full five minutes but couldn’t put the
ball in the cage, the Serra goalie making a number of great saves. Then
with around one minute left in the game, the visiting Conquistadors got
a break-away after a missed Torrey shot and too the ball all the way up
the field into the Torrey circle, drawing a foul. The whistle to end the
game blew after the call was made, so the short corner had to be played
out. Serra’s Maddy Foglia took an extremely strong short corner drive into
the corner of the goal, giving the Q’s a 1-0 win with no time left on the
vs. Serra photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Westview Game Photos
here to see excellent photos of the Varsity
Falcons vs. Westview game on Sept 9th.
Photos of the JV
vs. Freshmen on Sept 9 are here (by Anna Scipione) and a
group of photos by Ricki Bettencourt.
Falcons Whip Wolverines in
[Sept 9, '08] Displaying talent and
determination at both ends of the field, Torrey Pines kicked off the 2008
regular season with a decisive 4-0 victory over visiting Westview,
Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Stadium. Senior midfielder Paige Simmons put
the Falcons out in front in the first few minutes when she chipped the
ball over the Westview keeper’s head. Even though Torrey dominated the
rest of the half, the Wolverines somehow managed to keep the ball out of
the cage and trailed by just one at halftime. But the Falcon’s relentless
pressure paid off in the second half. Senior midfielder Sheridan Edwards
scored off a short corner. Sophomore Meghan O’Rourke notched her first
varsity goal when she tipped in a hard shot from senior defender Sharon
Wiley. And then sophomore forward Brittany Norfleet scored her first varsity
goal when she slammed in a rebound in front of the Wolverine goal. The
victory was Torrey’s eighth straight over Westview.
vs. Westview photos (by Anna Scipione)
Frosh Falcons Fall to Junior
[Sept 9, '08 (report just released, Sept
21)] The freshmen Falcons put up a great fight, but eventually lost to
JV counterparts 5-0 at Falcon Stadium. Alex Moreno got the
JV on the board inside the first two minutes, off a pass from Sophie Edelman.
The frosh defense came together and held the older girls scoreless for
the rest of the half. But the JV came out blazing after intermission. Dana
Manheim made it 2-0 on an assist from Lucy Busby. Two minutes later, Edelman
scored off a pass from Manheim, who soon made it 4-0 on her second goal
of the game. The last JV goal was scored with three minutes remaining by
Caroline Boucher off an assist from Lucy Busby. Freshman goalie Erika Cohan
had an awesome game, making 11 saves.
vs. Frosh photos (by Anna Scipione)
vs. Frosh photos (by Ricki Bettencourt)
Falcon Alums Excel in College
[Sept 7, '08] The NCAA field hockey season
is already two weeks old and Falcon alums have played pivotal rolls on
several Top 20 teams. Torrey's influence is most obvious at No. 9 ranked
Michigan, where Heather
Wiley (TP grad 2005) has started all four games for the Wolverines,
picking up assists in a 5-3 loss to No. 3 Wake Forest and 5-1 loss to No.
2 Maryland. Goalkeeper Christi
Barwick (2007) made her college Michigan debut in the Wake Forest,
playing the entire second half. Katie
Griswold (2007) scored in Indiana University's 3-1 win over St Josephs.
Neault (2005) has started two out of three games thus far for the University
of Pacific after playing in 15 out of 18 Tigers games last year. Jessica
Reading (2005) has started all four games at midfield for Miami of
Ohio, picking up a goal against Sacred Heart and assists against both Northwestern
and Richmond. Johnna
Simoes (2007) has seen action in two games for the Bucknell Bisons,
including a loss to Villanova and win over Longwood.
Falcons Scramble Past Serra
in Pre-Season Scrimmage
[Sept 3, '08] Head
coach Kari DiGiulio marked her return to Torrey Pines field hockey with
a 4-2 win over Serra in a pre-season scrimmage Wednesday afternoon in Tierrasanta.
It had been more than 21 months since DiGiulio was last on the sidelines
for the Falcons – the 2006 CIF championship game against LCC – a team which
featured just two of her current players (Alexa Golden and Paige Simmons).
But the new crew didn’t look half bad against Serra, always one of San
Diego’s best teams. With a solid group of seniors anchoring the midfield
and defense, it was up to the juniors to provide most of the scoring. And
they didn’t waste any time, Stephanie Cowles chipping a shot over the Serra
keeper in the first five minutes to give Torrey an early 1-0 lead. Serra
dominated the closing moments of the first half, but couldn’t get the ball
past Falcons keeper Ashlee Schlesier. Chelsea Yogerst put the Falcons ahead
by two early in the second half when she slammed home a cross from Julia
Colley. Serra closed the gap with a goal of their own, but Torrey responded
with a blistering attack that earned two more goals over the next five
minutes – the first by Annelysse Eggold off a dish from Yogerst and the
second on a short corner shot by Sheridan Edwards off a push from Eggold.
On a day when everyone saw considerable playing time, some performances
stood out including excellent midfield by Simmons and great defense from
Golden, Sharon Wiley and Kendra Bills.
It took the JV Falcons
a little longer to get started, but they also came out on top in their
first and only scrimmage of the pre-season, beating Serra 2-0. The first
half was quite a struggle, as the girls adjusted to the field, their new
positions and each other. Serra had around ten short corners in the first
half to none for Torrey. But the Falcons really stepped up the second half,
looking like a completely different team. Torrey finally got on the board
when Alex Moreno tapped in a pass from Dana Manheim. They scored again
in the last five minutes after Priya Devasirvatham cleared the ball up
the field from a 16 yard hit. Manheim picked it up from around midfield,
dribbled to the circle and shot from the top into the upper right corner
of the goal.
Kari DiGiulio featured in
We're glad the "decade"
away from coaching passed by quickly... click
here to read the article.
New look to TPFieldHockey.com...
We decided it was
time for a slightly new look. All of the game write-ups, photos,
videos, schedules and scores, etc. from past years are still available
in the old format by clicking the links on the left.
Girls' Team Room Fund Raising
[message from Colleen Golden]
Hi all, we are hosting
an exciting opportunity to help raise the remaining funds needed to complete
the new Girls' Team Room. The liaisons for soccer and lacrosse and
field hockey attended a TPHS Foundation Board meeting to request approval
for an additional fund raising project. The project consists of creating
a "donor wall" of personalized tiles to memorialize your daughter's high
school experience as a field hockey, soccer or lacrosse player (or multiple
sports). White 6x6 tiles will be painted with the names of the girls
or families and their sports. It will hopefully be a focal point/piece
of art that will be meaningful for the girls now and for years to come.
Each tile will cost $250.00 and all proceeds will be used to fund the lockers
and furnishings for our new team room. We hope to have it ready by the
beginning of school this fall. I hope you will consider buying a tile for
your daughter. Seniors and alumni, you are welcome to order a tile
I hope you will consider
reserving a tile to help fund this project. You can pre-order a tile
by making a check to:
TPHS Foundation $250.00
Memo: Girl's Team Room (FH/LAX or both)
You can mail the check to me: Colleen
here to see a rough draft of the plans for the room. An order
form for the tile specifics will be forthcoming.
Important Fall Schedule Information
To help with planning your
fall schedule, following is a preliminary fall
game schedule for Varsity and JV. This schedule is also posted
on the schedule page. The freshman schedule
has not been finalized at this time. Please note that some
of this information will undoubtedly change down the road!
for the Fall...
will start on SATURDAY, August 16th from
8:00am - 11:30am and Monday the 18th from 8:00am - 11:30am. Tryouts will
continue on the 19th through the 22nd but the time has not been determined.
Be sure to download and turn in your athletic
packet, which is due in the TPHS Athletic office by August 1st at the
latest. A physical is required; read the athletic packet for details about
this. You must have your athletic
packet turned in to the TPHS Athletic Office and be cleared by the
dates they specify in order to try out to play field hockey in the Fall.
Refer to the TPHS Athletics
page for details, and they might also post a list of athletes who are
cleared to try out for fall sports.
the Labor Day weekend, Kari will NOT be having practices. Enjoy the long
JV Serra tournament date is Saturday, September 13th, games TBA.
Varsity Serra tournament dates are Saturday, September 20th and 27th, games
winter formal will be held on January 31st, 2009 (tidbit from the cheer
Field Hockey TV Schedule [from Ana, Deeg, and Colleen]
* Sunday, Aug. 10, MSNBC [Ch 50 on TWC]: United States women
vs. Argentina, 6:30 a.m. Eastern Time (3:30am Pacific Time) DAY 2 LIVE
* Tuesday, Aug. 12, USA Network [Ch 34 on TWC]: United States
women vs. Japan, 6 a.m. Eastern Time (3:00am Pacific Time) DAY 4 LIVE
* Thursday, Aug. 14, USA Network [Ch 34 on TWC], United States
women vs. Germany, taped coverage between 2 a.m. Eastern Time and noon
(game actually live 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time the night before) DAY 6
* Saturday, Aug. 16, USA Network [Ch 34 on TWC], United States
women vs. New Zealand, taped coverage between 2 a.m. Eastern Time and 2
p.m. (game actually live 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time the night before) DAY 8
* Monday, Aug. 18, USA Network [Ch 34 on TWC], United States
women vs. Great Britain, 6 a.m. Eastern Time DAY 10 LIVE
* Friday, Aug. 22, MSNBC [Ch 50 on TWC], womens field hockey
bronze-medal match, taped coverage between 5 a.m. Eastern Time and 5 p.m
(game actually live at 6 a.m.) DAY 14
* Friday, Aug. 22, Oxygen Network [Ch 201? on TWC], womens field
hockey gold-medal match, taped coverage between 6-8 p.m Eastern and Pacific
Time (game actually live at 8:30 a.m.) DAY 14
* Saturday, Aug. 23, USA Network [Ch 34 on TWC], mens field
hockey gold-medal match, 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time DAY 15
So, "My daughter has been
playing field hockey for years, and this game still seems so confusing.
What's a parent to do?"
Simple, take a look at the US
Field Hockey basic rules. It's only about a 5-minute read and will
clarify most of the questions you may have about the game.
We would appreciate your help
with the team website! No previous experience or web design
knowledge is required! We need photos at the games
and anything related to team activites would be fun to share with everyone.
Also, for the JV games we need reports of game scores or even a short write-up
about the game (or whatever you're motivated to write). We can accept
information in any form: electronic images or write-ups by email to or .
All of your favorite photos and videos from
past years are still available in the following places:
Questions or comments regarding this page may be sent
visitors since 8/17/08
page last updated August 16, 2009 8:45pm