Seven Falcons Land All-Star
Seven different players on the
2009 Torrey Pines girls’ field hockey team landed spots on the various
post season all-star teams in San Diego.
Senior forward Chelsea Yogerst:
All-CIF First Team, All North County, Division One First Team, San Diego
County Senior All Star, Avocado League First Team.
Senior midfielder Stephanie Cowles:
All-CIF Second Team, All North County, Division One First Team, San Diego
County Senior All Star, Avocado league First Team.
Junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier:
All North County, Division One Second Team, Avocado League Second Team.
Junior forward Sophie Edelman: Division
One Second Team, Avocado League Second Team.
Junior defender Caitlin Mackey:
Avocado League Honorable Mention.
Junior midfielder Lucy Busby: Avocado
League Honorable Mention.
Junior forward Caroline Boucher:
Avocado League Honorable Mention.
Yogerst and Cowles will receive
their All-CIF certificates at a special ceremony in January at the San
Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.
Warriors Outlast Falcons in
Fallbrook advanced to the CIF
championship game today by beating Torrey Pines in strokes after two full
overtimes. The games were tied 0-0 after 60 minutes of regulation and two
10 minute overtime periods. And for the second time this year, it came
down to strokes between the Warriors and Falcons. Only this time it was
Fallbrook that had the sharper strokes. this is new stuff here.
The Warriors were fast out of
the gate, winning the ball in midfield and getting off several good shots
in the early going. Sixteen minutes into the game, one of the Fallbrook
forwards out-sprinted the Torrey defense on a breakaway, but Heather Schlesier
blocked her shot and momentum shifted to the home team. Attacking into
the Warriors zone, Sophie Edelman and Chelsea Yogerst both got off shots
that just missed. Moments later, Torrey earned its first short corner of
the game, but Stephanie Cowles’ slam was blocked. In the wild scramble
that followed, the Warrior goalie was cited for covering up the ball. Priya
Devasirvatham’s penalty stroke was blocked. That seemed to take the air
out of the Falcons feathers, and Fallbrook went on the attack again, collecting
three short corners (but no goals) as the clock wound down to intermission.
That momentum carried over into
the second half, with Fallbrook on the attack again. Schlesier swatted
away several shots while Torrey defenders Selin Esner and Caitlin Mackey
took care of the others. As the half wore on, play got more and more physical,
with one of the Warriors drawing a card for rough play. But the rough tactics
seem to work, Fallbrook dominating the middle of the half and Torrey bottled
up in its own end of the field. The Falcons couldn’t find any traction
until the last ten minutes of regulation when Yogerst took the ball deep
into the Warrior circle to draw a short corner. Torrey racked up five corners
in short order, but none of the subsequent shots found the back of the
cage and the game went to overtime.
Already exhausted from playing
through 60 minutes of tense regulation, seven girls from each team took
the field for ten minutes of overtime. Schlesier blocked a couple of great
Fallbrook shots and Cowles broke up another Warrior attack as both teams
failed to score again. Next up: ten minutes of golden goal overtime, with
whoever scored first going away as the winner. Fallbrook got off the first
two shots but then seemed to run out of gas. And the weary Falcons somehow
found their second wind. A sequence of brilliant passes from Cowles to
Yogerst to Caroline Boucher nearly resulted in the winning goal. In the
final seconds, Yogerst drew another short corner but Cowles shot was blocked
again by the Fallbrook keeper. And it went to strokes. Unlike last month
when Torrey prevailed 4-1 on strokes after overtime, it was Warriors this
time who proved better shots and suddenly it was Fallbrook going to the
CIF final on Saturday.
You can also check out two local
newspaper reports about the game:
County Times: “Silence is Golden as Warriors Advance”
Diego Union Tribune: “Fallbrook Goalkeeper Saves the Day”
Falcons Fly Into CIF Semis
photos by Anna S) (game
photos by Ricki B)
Pines advanced to the CIF division one semifinals this afternoon with a
2-0 victory over a scrappy Westview team. Lucy Busby and Sophie Edelman
scored for the Falcons while Heather Schlesier racked up another terrific
game in goal. Torrey now faces Fallbrook, a 1-0 winner over Vista in another
quarterfinal contest. Game time is 3 PM on Thursday in Falcons Stadium.
up to their nickname, the No. 10 ranked Wolverines were tenacious on defense,
holding the No. 4 Falcons scoreless until the second half. What the visitors
lacked in speed and skill they more than made up for with hustle and sheer
determination. Torrey had its chances in the first half, including half
a dozen short corners. Westview nearly scored just before intermission
with a pass to a wide-open player on the back post who couldn’t get a handle
on the ball to get off a shot.
finally scored around three minutes into the second half when Shelby Brown
sent a dribble pass to Lucy Busby in the right side. Catching the Westview
keeper out of position, Busby slammed it home for a lead the Falcons would
by a goal and the season on the line, the Wolverines were forced to attack
rather than hold back on defense. But that produced the sort of wide-open
hockey that Torrey loves to play, an entertaining back-and-forth with numerous
scoring opportunities for both sides. Edelman’s hard shot off a break away
was swatted away by the Wolverine keeper. Chelsea Yogerst sent two long
crosses into the goal box that just missed being tipped in. Caroline Boucher
had another shot blocked after a wild scramble in front of the Westview
goal. With around seven minutes left to play, Edelman put the game away
when she slammed a rebound off the keeper’s pads into the back of the cage.
The Wolverines earned three short corners in the final minutes, two of
them broken up by Schlesier saves.
San Pasqual beat Rancho Bernardo 4-0 and Rancho Buena Vista upset LCC 3-0
(at LCC) to set up the other semifinal showdown. The Eagles will be heavily
favored, but RBV has a knack of pulling off upsets . . . Seniors Stephanie
Cowles and Chelsea Yogerst have been selected for the 2009 San Diego High
School Sports Association’s All-Star Field Hockey Team and will be honored
(along with the rest of the all-stars) at a ceremony between the division
two and one championship games this Saturday at Scripps Ranch.
Falcons Open Playoffs on Tuesday
No. 2 seeded Torrey Pines opens
the defense of its CIF division one title with a game on Tuesday afternoon
at 3 PM in Falcons Stadium. The Falcons will play the winner of the Westview-Mission
Hills first round playoff game. Should they win on Tuesday, the Falcons
will advance to the CIF semifinals on Thursday, a home game against whoever
emerges from Fallbrook's side of the lower draw.
CIF Playoff Bracket (Division
the playoff bracket for Division I (unofficial, but up-to-date).
The Official CIF bracket will be
linked from this page.
Also, see the game photos just linked
for Mission Hills, Escondido, and LCC games. (scroll down or go to the
Avocado League Standings
(at the end of the regular season)
| San Pasqual
| Torrey Pines
| La Costa Canyon
| Mission Hills
San Diego County Rankings (compiled
by North County Times)
1. Scripps Ranch
2. San Pasqual
4. Torrey Pines
6. Rancho Buena Vista
7. La Costa Canyon
9. Cathedral Catholic
Others: San Dieguito Academy, Hilltop,
Compiled by county coaches.
Falcons Flinch In LCC Showdown
Pines Lady Falcons went to the limit in a nail biter against arch rival
last night. Torrey fell short losing 2-1 in their final Avocado League
game played under the lights at Maverick Stadium. Regulation play ended
with a 1-1 tie as did the 10 minute overtime. The first round of strokes
were even at 2 apiece with Stephanie Cowles and Caitlin Mackey both finding
the net. Sudden death strokes went 3 deep with Caitlin again driving it
home. Goalie Heather Schlesier made amazing saves throughout the contest
particularly several diving left hand blocks during strokes. The first
half ended with a 0-0 tie with play dominated by the crisp passing Mavericks
and not-so crisp passing by the Falcons. Torrey Pines controlled most of
the second half in a see-saw battle where momentum swung often. The Falcons
finally broke the tie midway through the 2nd on a penalty stroke awarded
after an LCC defender kicked a ball that was clearly on its way into the
goal. Priya Devasirvatham was tapped to take the shot and fired it just
inside of the right post past the diving goalie. LCC answered a few minutes
later from a scrum in front of the net following a short corner. The Falcons
had numerous scoring opportunities including a significant advantage in
short corners awarded but failed to convert. Torrey dominated the overtime
with much of it spent in the LCC half. Selin Esener had a stand out defensive
performance and was a major contributor to the many overtime scoring opportunities
with attacks up the right side and into the circle.
loss the Falcons remain in 2nd place in the Avocado League behind San Pasqual.
Torrey Pines can expect a bye in the first round of CIF and will play at
home at 3pm on Tuesday, November 17th in the quarterfinal round. Semifinals
would be on Thursday, Nov 19th played most likely away (a home game would
require an upset of SP or Fallbrook) at 3pm and finals will be at 5:30pm
at Scripps Ranch on Saturday, Nov 21st. Note these dates are revised from
the original schedule.
in the evening, JV lost to the JV Mavs 0-1.
photos by Anna S) (game
photos by Ricki B)
Torrey Tops Cougars
Pines beat Escondido four or five to nothing this afternoon on the
road in north county. Playing at the same time, San Pasqual topped Falbrook
1-0 to clinch at least a tie for the Avocado League crown. The Falcons
can still tie the Eagles for the title, but it will take a Torrey win on
the road at LCC combined with a San Pasqual loss to Escondido next week.
On the plus side, San Pasqual's victory today helps Torrey Pines secure
a higher seed in the upcoming CIF playoffs. More details on today's game
to come . . .
1-0, with the goal by Rachael Haase and the assist by Rachel Rankin.
Falcons Claw Past Grizzlies
on Senior Night
Pines beat Mission Hills 4-0 on Wednesday night under the lights
at Falcons Stadium. The win raised the Falcons record to six wins and two
losses in Avocado League play and kept them a game behind first place San
Pasqual (who beat LCC 3-0 yesterday). Junior forward Caroline Boucher paced
the Torrey attack with two goals while the Falcon defense did a stellar
job of keeping the Grizzlies at bay.
Alex Moreno scored what turned out to be the winning goal about ten minutes
into the game when she knocked in a rebound off the Grizzlies keeper’s
pads on a short corner play. Torrey racked up five more short corners over
the rest of the half, but didn’t score again until just before intermission
when Boucher chipped a shot into the Mission Hills cage. Boucher scored
again early in the second half off a nice dish from Sophie Edelman. Junior
midfielder Kimia Rahmati made it 4-0 with around six minutes to play when
she scored her first-ever varsity goal off a wild scrum in front of the
was preceded by the annual Senior Night ceremony during which the Falcons
and Head Coach Kari DiGiulio honored Torrey’s five departing seniors: Jessica
Brown, Shelby Brown, Stephanie Cowles, Priya Devasirvatham, Alex Moreno
and Chelsea Yogerst.
Falcons started off the evening on a good note, winning their game
Senior News Briefs . . .
For those who haven’t already heard,
Stephanie Cowles has verbally committed to play her college hockey at Hofstra
University starting in the fall of 2010. The Long Island school is having
one of its best years ever in field hockey, currently ranked No. 26 in
the nation and headed for next week’s NCAA playoffs . . . Chelsea Yogerst
was recently chosen for the US Field Hockey Assoc “Future’s Elite” program
– 150 girls who represent “the best high school field hockey athletes in
the country” according to the USFHA website. Among other San Diegans named
to the group are Mallory Albini and Kelsey Harbin of San Pasqual, Kyle
Little of Fallbrook, Carly Schoch of Bonita Vista and Andi Earle of Scripps
Senior Night (and Mission
Hills) at Torrey Pines
Torrey Pines plays Mission Hills
tonight at 6 PM under the lights at Falcons Stadium. The Grizzlies are
much improved from previous years and getting closer to knocking off one
of the top teams in the Avo League. Torrey Senior Night activities start
before the game, starting at approx 5:30. The JV teams square off at 4:30.
Eagles Fly Over Falcons Into
downed Torrey Pines 2-1 on Friday afternoon in Escondido to grab sole possession
of first place in the Avocado League. The Falcons gave it their best, holding
the host Eagles scoreless for 40 minutes and then mustering a late rally
that fell just short.
were quick out of the gate, earning three short corners in the opening
minutes but failing to get off a good shot each time. The Falcons slowly
but surely clawed their way into the game, attacking the tough San Pasqual
defense and nearly scoring on two of their own short corners – shots by
seniors Stephanie Cowles and Shelby Brown off the goalkeeper’s pads. Torrey
had three other scoring chances at the start of the second half, but shots
were high, wide or blocked.
went into the lead around 10 minutes into the half when forward Alohi Ornellas
tipped in a hard shot from the top of the circle off a short corner. A
short time later the Eagles made it 2-0 on a short shot by Gabi Jensen
that came out of a frantic scrum in front of the Falcons cage. Refusing
to give up, the Falcons staged a dramatic rally. Cowles nearly scored on
a rocket that went wide right. And then Shelby cut the margin to a single
goal when she scored on a short shot with around three minutes left to
play. Torrey kept attacking as the clock wound down but with all of the
Eagles back in a prevent defense, San Pasqual was able to weather the storm
and take the win.
San Pasqual is now alone at the top of the Avocado League standings with
six wins and one loss; Torrey Pines is alone in second with five wins and
two losses; LCC and Fallbrook are tied for third place . . . in other Avocado
League action on Friday Fallbrook down LCC 2-0 and Mission Hills beat last-place
Escondido . . . The Falcons went up against San Pasqual without two key
elements of their offense – senior forward Chelsea Yogerst and junior midfielder
Lucy Busby – who were both injured near the end of Wednesday’s Fallbrook
game; both of them are expected to return to action next week . . . San
Pasqual head coach Kelli Gannon got her players pumped up for the game
by having them rip apart pictures of a limo bus, an obvious reference to
last year’s CIF championship game against Torrey, as well as a statement
on the alleged socio-economic differences between Escondido and Carmel
photos by RickiB)
Falcons had a similar fate at the Eagles' home, losing 0-1.
Falcons Fly Into Eagles' Nest
Torrey Pines travels to Escondido
today for a 3:15 game against San Pasqual that pits two teams currently
tied for first place in the Avocado League. Both are also ranked amongst
the top four teams in SD County. The Falcons beat the Eagles 3-1 earlier
this season and topped them by the same score in last year's CIF Final.
But this time they face off on San Pasqual's notorious grass field, where
visiting teams rarely win (let alone score). If anyone has a home field
advantage in San Diego, it's the Eagles. Varsity plays at 3:10 PM; JV squads
Falcons Slay Warriors on Strokes
Pines beat Fallbrook in overtime on Wednesday afternoon to maintain
a share of the Avocado League lead with San Pasqual. Fallbrook dominated
much of the first half and lead 1-0 at intermission, but the Falcons came
charging back in the second half to tie the game and send it into overtime
and eventually strokes. Torrey out-shot Fallbrook 4-1 at the penalty spot
to earn what could be the season's most important win.
started fast, with Stephanie Cowles, Chelsea Yogerst and Caitlin Mackey
getting off hard shots in the first few minutes. But then it was all Fallbrook
the rest of the half. Playing solid, methodical hockey, the Warriors continually
won the ball in the midfield and marched into Torrey territory. It was
the last of five straight short corners that finally paid off. Falcon keeper
Heather Schlesier blocked the initial shot with her pads, but the rebound
went straight back to another Fallbrook player who slammed it into the
left side of the cage.
intermission it was a different story. As surely as the Warriors dominated
the first half, the Falcons owned the second. And it didn’t take long for
them to tie the score. Around three minutes in, Cowles fired off another
rocket shot that Sophie Edelman deflected into the goal, a slow roller
that just got past the Fallbrook keeper. The Falcons kept attacking for
the rest of the half, running up nine short corners in the process. But
for any number of reasons (including some pretty good Warrior defense)
they couldn’t punch the ball into the goal.
seemed to catch a second breath during the 10-minute overtime, dominating
play and getting off several shots to zero for the home team. When playmaker
Yogerst went down with a ball to the face, it looked dire for Torrey. But
the Falcons managed to turn back two more Fallbrook short corners and send
the game to strokes. Torrey was perfect from the penalty spot – Cowles,
Mackey, Edelman and Priya Devasirvatham hitting their strokes – while Schlesier
was turning away all but one Fallbrook shot.
notes: In other Avocado League action yesterday, San Pasqual beat Mission
Hills 8-0 and LCC beat Escondido 2-0 . . . San Pasqual and Torrey are still
tied for the league lead with identical 5-1 records; LCC is one game back,
Fallbrook two behind the leaders with four games to play . . . Yogerst
got seven stitches above her left eye but is expected to play against San
Pasqual tomorrow . . .
photos by RickiB) (game
photos by Anna S)
it a double win, skunking the JV Warriors 2-0. One of the JV Falcons' goals
was by Hari Maggs
with Chandler Baldwin on the assist.
Warriors March Into Torrey
Fallbrook comes to town Wednesday
afternoon for a 3:10 PM showdown with Torrey Pines in Falcons Stadium.
A victory over the No-3 ranked Falcons would put the No-5 Warriors back
into the Avocado League race; a loss would put them two games behind both
Torrey and San Pasqual. So this is a critical game for both teams. The
Warriors beat the birds 1-0 earlier this month in Fallbrook, one of several
games this season in which Torrey has had a crucial goal denied by the
ref (rather than the opposing defense). One way or another it will be close,
the Falcons fast-break attack trying to split the Warrior’s tough defense.
The JV game follows at 4:30 PM.
Torrey Thumps LCC in Afternoon
Pines rallied for a 2-1 win over archrival La Costa Canyon on Thursday
afternoon at Falcons Stadium. It didn’t look good in the early going, as
the visiting Mavericks grabbed the momentum and a one-goal lead. But the
Falcons mustered a huge comeback on goals by Sophie Edelman and Chelsea
Yogerst – and solid second half defense – to retain their share of the
Avocado League lead.
the early going with aggressive midfield play and sharp passing, grabbing
the lead about three minutes into the game when a short corner shot deflected
off a Torrey defender’s stick and past the outstretched arm of Falcons
keeper Heather Schlesier. The Mavs nearly scored again a few moments later
on a slow dribbler that just missed on the left side of the cage. Fighting
back, Torrey stole the momentum away with around 10 minutes to play till
intermission, drawing four short corners in fairly quick succession. It
was on the last of those that the Falcons finally hit pay dirt, Priya Devasirvatham
running down a lose ball and sending a pinpoint perfect pass to Edelman
on the right post for the goal that tied the game.
carried that momentum into the second half. Playing the kind of hockey
they love – fast breaks and wide open play – the Falcons started to dominate
the game. Stephanie Cowles nearly scored on a blast off a short corner.
After LCC counterattacked, Cowles sent a long ball into the Maverick’s
zone. And the race was on, a 40-yard, all out sprint between Yogerst and
the last LCC defender to see who would get there first. It was Yogerst,
who juked the ball around her opponent, quickly dribbled to the edge of
the circle and fired off a rocket that beat Mavs keeper Blaire Bender.
were still 20 minutes and an awful lot of hockey to play. The Falcons couldn’t
afford to rest and their lead and they didn’t, attacking again and again,
and bottling the visitors up in their side of the field. There were a few
tense moments in the final minutes – Selin Esner going down with an injury
and Schlesier batting away a late shot by the Mavs – Torrey eventually
came away with its third straight win over La Costa Canyon.
Torrey Pines earned nine short corners in the game, LCC had six . . . Esner’s
injury was a leg cramp; she’ll be ready for the big Fallbrook game next
week . . . Among those in the large crowd that watched the game were US
National Team players Lauren Powley and Barb Weinberg . . . Several normally
unheralded players had big games against LCC including Hannah and Molly
Bettencourt . . . In addition to three straight, the Falcons have now beaten
the Mavs four out of their last five meetings . . . the Falcons have played
every team in the current SD county top ten (see rankings below) – their
combined record against these teams is 7 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie. (October
photos by Ricki B)
also had a nice win, blanking the JV Mavs 1-0 with a goal by Megan
Glancy, assisted by Chandler Baldwin.
Avocado League Standings (midway
through the league season)
|La Costa Canyon
San Diego County Rankings
1. Scripps Ranch
5. San Pasqual
6. Rancho Buena Vista
7. La Costa Canyon
9. San Dieguito Academy
Rancho Bernardo, Hilltop
Mavericks Stampede Into Torrey
La Costa Canyon comes to
town this afternoon for a 3:15 game against Torrey Pines, the first of
two Avocado League match-ups between the longtime archrivals. Both teams
are currently ranked in the San Diego County top ten and both are currently
in a three-way tie (with San Pasqual) at the top of the league standings
with three wins and one loss each. Much like the Falcons, the Carlsbad-based
Mavericks have had a rollercoaster season, losing some games they shouldn’t
have and winning others in which they were the definite underdog. Unlike
past years when the Mavs were an offensive powerhouse, their trump card
this season is defense and goalkeeping. LCC has allowed only four goals
in its last seven games. The JV teams square off at 4:30.
Falcons Cage Visiting Cougars
Torrey Pines ran up a big lead in the first
half and coasted to a 5-1 victory over Escondido this afternoon at Falcons
Stadium. The win kept the Falcons in a three-way tie for first place in
the Avocado League and upped the ante on Friday’s showdown with traditional
The Falcons jumped out to an early lead
when Caroline Boucher scored off a pass from Lucy Busby. But the Cougars
drew even just minutes later when they scored on an oddball blooper shot.
Stephanie Cowles put Torrey in the lead for good when she scored twice
in rapid succession, the first on her own blooper over the Escondido keeper’s
head and the second on a rocket from the top of the circle. The Falcons
made it four to one at intermission when Shelby Brown chipped in a Chelsea
Yogerst shot off a short corner. The only score of the second half (by
either team) was a goal by Boucher off another Torrey short corner.
Game Notes: In other Avocado League
action yesterday, San Pasqual beat Fallbrook 2-0 and LCC topped Mission
Hills 3-0. TP, SP and LCC are now tied for the league lead with three wins
and one loss each; Fallbrook is half a game behind with three wins and
two losses . . . Stephanie Cowles took a hard elbow to the chin in the
second half and was sidelined the rest of the game, but will play vs. LCC
photos by Anna S) (game
photos by Ricki B)
JV made it a double with a solid
6-0 shutout over the visiting JV Cougars.
Frosh Tie La Jolla JV
[Oct 20] After a long break, the Frosh Team came back
strong against an experienced JV squad from La Jolla High School.
The Lady Falcons kept the score at 1-1 with the assist provided by Michelle
Perkins and scoring shot from Jaclyn Bailey.
Falcons Take Care of Business
at Mission Hills
The Lady Falcons shut out the Grizzlies 2-0 on
Friday, Oct 16th, for their second win in the Avocado League this season.
Torrey Pines controlled the entire game, but looked a bit sluggish in the
100 degree temps on the field. Stephanie Cowles scored the first goal rocketing
one in from the point. Alex Moreno scored her first goal of the season
finishing from the far post on a nice crossing pass to put the Falcons
up by 2. The defense was solid and kept goalie, Heather Schlesier, lonely
in goal. The entire team saw playing time and created many scoring opportunities,
but finishes were off frame. The win puts them in the hunt for Avocado
League title at 2-1. Next up the Falcons open a 3-game home stand against
Escondido on Wed, Oct 21st.
JV also did well in the warm afternoon heat in
San Marcos, racking up a 5-0 final score. Goals were by Rachel Rankin (two
goals), Kiernan Panish, and frosh players Megan Glancy and Julia Petrey-Juarez
with one goal each. (game
photos by Ricki B)
Falcons Show Their Stuff Against
The Falcons looked to redeem
their hopes for an Avocado league title when they took the field at TPHS
against a talented and highly ranked San Pasqual team. In a reprise of
the Scripps game, they scored on their first offensive attack of the game.
Lucy Busby earned a penalty after driving into the right side of the circle.
Stephanie Cowles slammed home a perfectly executed short corner and the
Falcons took control of the game in the first 90 seconds. San Pasqual played
the rest of the game with a hint of panic and made a number of uncharacteristic
mistakes. Torrey Pines struck gold again scoring on a fast break later
in the half. Sophie Edelman was all alone in the San Pasqual half when
she received a pass from midfield and sped toward the rushing keeper and
nutmegged her for Torrey's 2nd goal. San Pasqual pulled within one near
the end of the half finishing from a scrum in front of the goal after goalie,
Heather Schlesier, was pulled well out to the left to defend an attacking
run. The Lady Falcons proved that speed does indeed kill and put
the game on ice late in the second half when Caroline Boucher raced away
from the San Pasqual defense up the left side and scored just inside left
post to give the Falcons a 3-1 lead. The Torrey Pines defense played
an outstanding game frustrating San Pasqual's offensive attacks. Heather
had some amazing saves in goal and Priya Devasirvatham, Caitlin Mackey,
Selin Esner, Molly Bettencourt, and Jessica Brown all had a great games.
The win sets up a competitive title chase and an important and exciting
rematch on the Eagles’ turf on Oct 30th. (game
photos by RickiB) (game
photos by Anna S)
We also recommend the article
nctimes.com by John Maffei.
The JV Falcons and Eagles
had a competitive game that ended scoreless at the end of regular time.
The teams unofficially resolved the tie in strokes afterward (which apparently
didn't count in the official score). Torrey scored more points in strokes,
with our goal keeper Erica doing an amazing job.
Frosh Play in JV Tourney Semifinals
Congratulations to the Frosh Falcons for making
it all the way to the semi-finals in a JV tournament at Helix High School
this weekend! A big shout-out to Paulina Klemm and Natalie Taylor
for holding it down as goalies in our penalty strokes. Riley Driscoll
scored 2 separate sudden victory strokes resulting in a huge win against
Bishops and then El Capitan and Jaclyn Bailey scored an amazing short corner
against Patrick Henry.
Earlier in the week, the Frosh Lady Falcons held
Bishops to a 1-1 tie with Jaclyn Bailey scoring our single goal.
Falcons Fall to Fallbrook
In their first Avocado league contest, the Falcons
lost a heated game away to a tough Fallbrook squad. Fallbrook came out
strong controlling most of the first half and scoring early. The Falcons
took control of the second half, but failed to get the equalizer. They
had a number of scoring opportunities, but could not convert. It appeared
that the Falcons had pulled even on a short corner when Stephanie Cowles
slammed one home, but after a hesitation the ref waived it off as a high
ball. It was an even contest and the girls looked strong, but a disappointing
loss nonetheless. The Falcons get another swing against Fallbrook at home
on Oct 28th. link
to game photos
JV tied the Warriors 0-0.
The Varsity Falcons beat
Westview 2-1 on Wednesday, Oct 7th. The Falcons dominated the
first twenty minutes of the game playing most of the time in Wolverine's
end of the field. The Torrey domination was evident in the short
corner stats, where TPHS had 17 and Westview had 9.
The Falcons depended on
number eleven Stephanie Cowles to take things into her own hands to get
them on the boards with a strong powerful shot from just inside the circle.
The laser like pin-pointedness of Cowles’s shot gave Torrey Pines their
With the score tied at one,
Torrey seemed as if they were getting ready to score with the ball free
in front of the net and Sophie Edelman getting ready to knock it in; when
play was stopped by the ref and a stroke was awarded to Falcon Chelsea
Yogerst. Yogerst took the stroke, driving it into the lower left
corner of the goal to put Torrey up 2-1. The win gave the Falcons
and Head Coach Kari Digiulio a victory over Westview as they prepared to
enter league play.
Later in the afternoon,
JV lost to Westview 0-1.
to game photos
Frosh Tie Bishops
The Freshmen tied Bishops School 1-1 at TPHS on Thursday,
Oct 8th. More detals to follow soon.
Game Photos for Serra Tourney,
at Serra Tournament, playoff games, Oct 3, 2009 by Ricki Betterncourt
vs San Dieguito Academy, Sept 30, 2009 by Ricki Betterncourt
vs Scripps Ranch, Sept 23, 2009 by Ricki Betterncourt
Falcons Frustrated at Serra
The Lady Falcons dominated the game, but
fell short in their quarter final match against Westview losing 2-1. They
had 18 short corners but were unable to convert on 17 of them. Contributing
to their frustration was the poor field which gave unpredictable bounces
and did more to defend their short corner attempts than the Westview defense.
Stephanie Cowles scored the lone goal by taking matters into her own hands.
She dribbled through 5 Westview defenders from the top of the circle and
pounded it home. Westview had 3 short corners and converted on 2 for their
goals. Most of the match was played in the Westview half and the Falcons
had many scoring opportunities; narrowly missing many times.
The loss put the Falcons in a consolation
game with Vista for a 5th place tie. The Falcons won the game, but not
until the 3rd round of strokes following an exciting 2-2 tie during regulation
play. The Falcons scored first on a pass from Cowles to Chelsea Yogerst
who hammered it in. Vista answered. Lucy Busby scored the go-ahead goal
on a far post finish of a short corner that went Busby to Yogerst to Cowles
to Busby. Vista tied it back up and put it into strokes. Pria Deva, Sophie
Edelman scored in the first round. The second round was a wash with no
scores. In the 3rd round, Pria scored and it came down to the final stroke.
Chelsea stepped up and shot it in goal to win the game. The hero was Heather
Schlesier, who was outstanding in goal stopping some great shots by Vista
and holding them to 3 strokes in 15 tries.
Scripps Ranch won the tourney by defeating
Fallbrook on a late goal to win 1-0. Fallbrook had beat host Serra on strokes
in the semi-final. Props to Stephanie Cowles and Chelsea Yogerst for being
named to the All-Tournament team.
The Avocado League is shaping up to be very
competitive with San Pasqual, Fallbrook and LCC all having strong teams.
The Falcons get their chance for revenge on Wednesday when they play Westview
away but back on familiar turf surface. Friday will bring a big showdown
at Fallbrook with the winner looking like the early favorite for the Avocado
Tournament playoff photos
Frosh First Loss
The Frosh Lady Falcons suffered their first loss of the
season Friday, Oct 2, against Serra High School. Despite a strong
showing from the Falcons, the Conquistadors won with a final score of 2-0.
Frosh Skunk Cougars
The Frosh Dymanic Duo paired up
again to deliver a 1-0 victory over Escondido High School this past Tuesday
(September 29th). Once again Jaclyn Bailey scored with a brilliant
assist provided by Maritza Enriquez on a hot summer day in North County.
The Frosh Lady Falcons remain undefeated! Let's go Falcons!
Falcons Corral the Mustangs
The Falcons avenged last year's loss and racked
up a solid victory over San Dieguito Academy in Falcon Stadium this Wednesday
afternoon. Stephanie Cowles had a hat-trick today scoring three of
the teams five goals in the 5-1 win over the Mustangs. Stephanie
scored the first goal on a short corner as she slammed the ball in on the
left side of the goal to make the score one zero. Sophie Edelman
knocked in the second goal off of a shot by Lucy Busby; making the score
2-0. Pria scored the third goal on a penalty stroke making the score
3-0. Next was perhaps the most beautiful and skillful goal of the
game. Stephanie Cowles dribbled the ball from mid-field, through at what
seemed like the entire SDA defense, shooting the ball past the goalie to
make the score 4-0. The final goal was scored by Cowles again off
a short corner whereby Cowles fired in a waist high goal into the middle
of the upper net making the final score 5-1. A decisive win by the
Falcons and Head Coach Digulio. link
to game photos
JV was not to be out-done, and shut out the JV
mustangs 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Rachel Rankin.
Falcons Hot in Serra Pool
Proving they can play well in the
heat as well as the coastal cool -- and on grass rather than their familiar
turf -- the Falcons went undefeated and won their pool in the first round
of the Serra Tournament today. But it wasn't easy. Challenge number one
was weathering three games in five hours in 97 degree heat. Challenge number
two was playing in the tournament's toughest pool.
Torrey opened the day with a late
morning game versus Cathedral that was really more a dust bowl (playing
in the Serra football stadium) than an exhibition of great hockey. Much
of the game was played between the 30 yard lines. And both teams had their
scoring chances. But truth be told, the patchy grass and potholes
made any sort of offense (other than dumb luck) almost a moot point.
The Falcon attack looked much better on the upper field,
where they beat a very talented Vista team 2-1 on a goal in the
closing minutes. Three weeks ago, Panther keeper Chelsee Brown frustrated
the Falcons again and again. But this time they figured out a way to beat
her. Torrey's first score started with a dead ball around the 40 yard line
that Stephanie Cowles sent to Chelsea Yogerst near the top of the circle.
Yogerst dashed past two Vista defenders and got off a hard shot that Brown
blocked with her pads . . . right into the path of Sophie Edelman, who
slammed it into the right side of the cage before Brown could slide back
into position. Torrey racked up seven corners through the middle part of
the game without scoring -- although Cowles came very close on a rocket
that went over the Panther cage. With less then five minutes to play, a
Vista offense that had been dormant for most of the game suddenly came
to life, tying the game off a short corner. But like they did against RBV
the week before last, the Falcons came charging right back down the field
with a chance to win the game with the clock running down. The winning
goal came on a short corner sequence from Lucy Busby to Yogerst to Cowles.
Rather than shooting head-on against the Vista keeper, Cowles dished back
to Busby on the far post, who tapped the ball gently over the line for
the winning goal.
All Torrey had to do was beat Mira Mesa in the
last game to win the pool and go through, but the Marauders were no pushovers.
They couldn't muster much at the offensive end of the field, but their
scrappy defense kept the Falcons from scoring until around 20 minutes into
the game. Leading a Torrey fast break, Shelby Brown got off a wicked shot
that the Mira Mesa keeper somehow blocked. But Caroline Boucher scooped
up the rebound and slammed it home. Four minutes later, Busby scored off
another short corner (she's getting good at those) to give the Falcons
a two-goal margin going into the half. Torrey added an insurance goal after
intermission as Stephanie Sabraw scored off an assist from Yogerst.
Junior Varsity Beats Del Norte
Torrey's junior varsity ran up their
biggest points total of the season so far, beating Del Norte 7-0
earlier this week in a game that wasn't on our scheduled because the contest
only came together last week. FYI -- Del Norte is the brand new high school
in 4S ranch between Carmel Valley and Rancho Bernardo.
Goal 1. Short corner: Natalie
2. Short corner: Natalie Cathcart
3. Kristen Buchanan
4. Natalie Cathcart
5. Kristen Buchanan
6. Caroline Paulson
7. Lauren Howe
Frosh Falcons Tie LCC
Playing hard against their traditional
arch rivals, the Frosh Falcons held La Costa Canyon to a 1-1 tie
on 9/24. Jaclyn Bailey scored Torrey's single goal with a great assist
provided by Maritza Enriquez. The team played well and demonstrated they
can hold their own against a skilled team.
from the webmaster -- it was actually Lucy Busby who scored the
first goal against Scripps Ranch last Wednesday, on the short corner in
the first minute. Sorry about that Lucy. Great goal!
Falcons Upset Top Ranked Scripps
Torrey Pines pulled the biggest upset of the season so
far by defeating top-ranked and previously undefeated Scripps Ranch
in a epic game at Falcons Stadium this afternoon. Playing in hundred degree
heat and Santa Ana conditions, the Falcons ran up an early two-goal lead
and then held on for dear life, beating a team that many observers think
is the best in the state of California.
The Falcons played ten minutes of almost perfect hockey
to start the game, a combination of aggression and skill that seemed to
take the visitors by surprise. Torrey took the opening tip-off and marched
straight down the middle of the field to earn a short corner inside before
one minute had even ticked off the clock. Lucy Busby sent the push to Chelsea
Yogerst, who stopped for Stephanie Cowles on the initial shot. The Scripps
keeper blocked the ball towards the back post, where an opportunistic Busby
flicked it into the back of the cage for a shocking early lead. Nine minutes
later Torrey struck again, this time on a fastbreak that pitted Yogerst,
Edelman and Caroline Boucher against three Scripps defenders. And Edelman
struck again, this time on a nifty backhand shot from right in front of
Down by two goals, Scripps called a timeout and tried
to regroup. A few minutes later they earned the first of 17 short corners.
But as Torrey has discovered in several games this season, running up the
corners doesn't guarantee goals. Heather Schlesier was magnificent in the
goal for the Falcons, turning aside several good shots. And the Torrey
defense took care of the rest. And the offense kept up the pressure. Torrey
had a great chance to take a three-goal lead at around 18 minutes with
Yogerst got off a rocket that just missed wide right. Scripps dominated
the rest of the half, but couldn't convert on four short corners.
It was more of the same after intermission, Scripps winning
balls in the midfield, attacking again and again., a flurry of short corners
and open field shots that were either off the mark, cleared by Schlesier
or stopped by Torrey defenders. Cleared beat by their first half heroics,
it took the Falcons nearly 15 minutes to to get inside the Scripps circle.
Scripps had several good looks at the cage in the last minute but couldn't
finish. And suddenly the Falcons had themselves one of the biggest upsets
in the team's recent history -- right up there with beating number one
ranked and undefeated LCC two years ago.
In addition to those already mentioned, several Torrey
players had outstanding games including Molly Bettencourt, Jessica Brown,
Priya Devasirvatham, Selin Esener and Caitlin Mackey. link
to game photos
The Torrey Pines junior varsity tied their Scripps
Ranch counterparts 0-0 in another hard fought game in triple degree heat.
Game Notes: Going into today's game, Scripps
had already defeated San Pasqual (2-1) and LCC (4-0) this season . . .
In addition to being ranked No. 1 in San Diego County, Scripps is also
ranked No. 6 in the nation this week on the Top of the Circle website.
NC Times Hockey Preview
The North County Times doesn't
seem to hold out much hope for the Torrey Pines field hockey team this
season. The Falcons ranked No. 9 in the newspaper's preseason poll of San
Diego County's best team and are tabbed to finish no better than third
in the Avocado League -- despite the fact that Torrey is the defending
CIF and league champ. Their meager assessment has a lot to do with the
fact that Torrey lost nine starters in the off season to graduation, other
sports and moving away.
Scripps Ranch was chosen as preseason
No. 1, followed by Serra, RBV and LCC. The paper picks Fallbrook to win
the Avocado League, followed by San Pasqual, Torrey Pines and LCC. Chelsea
Yogerst is the only Falcon on the Times list of the north county's
Top 20 Players for 2009, while three Falcons -- Yogerst and fellow seniors
Stephanie Cowles and Jessica Brown -- draw special mention in the team
Here's what the NCT had to say about
Torrey's prospects this season: "Picking the defending CIF San Diego Section
Division I champions this low is a risk. But the Falcons lost seven starters
off that team. Plus, Meghan O'Rourke has decided to concentrate on soccer
and Brittany Norfleet transferred to a private school in the East. Chelsea
Yogerst, Stephanie Cowles and Jessica Brown form the nucleus of this year's
team, which is made up of talented but untested players."
NCT Preseason Top Ten:
3. Rancho Buena Vista
4. San Pasqual
7. Rancho Bernardo
9. Torrey Pines
Others: SDA, Poway, La Jolla, Mira
Read about everyone else at:
County Times 2009 Field Hockey Preview or NC
Times Top 20 Players
Falcons Lasso Longhorns with
Torrey Pines scored twice in the
final minutes to rally for a 2-1 upset win over No. 3 ranked Rancho
Buena Vista last night at Falcons Stadium. It was an odd game, scoreless
for its first 47 minutes and then jam-packed with offense in a mad dash
to the final whistle. The visiting Longhorns grabbed the lead on a beautiful
short corner blast by Melissa Effertz with around 13 minutes to play. While
it may have given RBV the lead, it also energized the Falcons, who spent
the remainder of the game pressuring the ball, causing turnovers, making
their passes and at the end of it all putting the ball in the cage. With
less than six minutes to play, Chelsea Yogerst tied the game on a lightning
fast turn-around shot off a dish from Caroline Boucher. Torrey kept up
the pressure, earning five short corners in quick succession. It was the
last of those corners that produced the winning goal. Selin Esner fired
off a shot that rebounded off the Longhorn goalie's pads . . . right into
the path of a quick thinking Sophie Edelman, who slammed it into the goal
with only seconds left on the clock.
Torrey's junior varsity team
tied the Longhorns in a scoreless game (0-0 tie).
Game Notes: Torrey
Pines had 17 short corners to only 6 for RBV . . . for the third time this
season, the Falcons came out on the short end of a reversed referee decesion
on a critical play: 13 minutes into the first half, the RBV goalie appeared
to cover up the ball and the ref closest to the play award Torrey a penalty
stroke; after an official time-out and lenghty discussion, the other ref
changed the call to a Falcons short corner. (Sept 19)
Photos of TP varsity vs RBV by Ricki Betterncourt -- Rancho
Buena Vista pix
Frosh Falcons Earn First Win
The Freshmen Falcons earned their
first win of the season on Tuesday, a 3-0 victory over the Del Norte
junior varsity squad in their home opener. The game was scoreless at halftime,
but Torrey Pines turned up the heat in the second half. Maritza Enriquez
scored twice and Michelle Perkins once to lead the Falcons offense; Jaclyn
Bailey picked up an assist. In their only other game of the 2009 season,
the freshmen held the more experienced Mission Hills junior varsity
to a 0-0 tie through regulation and overtime.
Serra Comeback Clips Falcons
Torrey Pines lost another
close one this afternoon, falling 2-1 to Serra on the road in Tierrasanta.
The game waged back and forth in the first half, with neither team getting
the upper hand. It was the Falcons who drew first blood, Chelsea Yogerst
slammed the ball into the back of the cage off a cross from Sophie Edelman
about 25 minutes into the game. But the Conquistadores came charging right
back, scoring off a scramble in front of the Torrey goal after a short
corner just before intermission. Serra picked up the pace in the second
half, earning a dozen short corners to just two for the Falcons. With about
ten minutes to play, the Qs converted one of the corners into what would
prove to be the winning goal. Still, it wasn't a bad result for Torrey
when you consider that most teams struggle on Serra's eccentric home field
-- half baseball diamond, half hockey pitch. The Falcons also lost their
last year, by the same score. You have to go back four seasons to the last
time that Torrey won at Serra. (Sept 15th)
JV also lost to the
Serra JV by one goal, 0-1.
Photos of TP varsity vs Serra by Ricki Betterncourt --
Torrey Takes Second at Serra
Torrey Pines finished second behind Scripps Ranch at today's
Serra Junior Varsity Tournament. Serra took third and SDA fourth in
the annual one-day hockey competition.
The Falcons started off the day with a 1-0 victory over
Mesa, Chandler Baldwin scoring the game's one and only goal. Torrey
followed that up with 1-0 win against Rancho Buena Vista (on a score
by Hari Maggs) and a 0-0 tie with Serra that was decided on strokes.
Natalie Cathcart and Caroline Paulson made their strokes to clinch the
win over the host Conquistadores. The championship game against
Ranch also wound up tied at the end of regulation and went to strokes,
with SR prevailing in the shootout. (Sept 12th)
Broncos Buck Falcons in Last
For the second time in three games,
Torrey Pines learned that just because you win time of possession and run
up far more short corners doesn't necessarily mean that you come away with
a win. Playing on the road at Rancho Bernardo, the Falcons dropped
a heartbreaker 1-0 on a controversial goal in the last minute. But it really
never should come down to that. Torrey spent much of the game in the Broncos
end of the field but couldn't find the back of the cage -- despite a short
corner advantage of 10 to 4 over the Broncos.
Both teams started off sloppy and
the Falcons didn't really get their offensive act together until after
Head Coach Kari Digiulio called a time out midway through the first half.
Torrey went on the tear after that, running up seven short corners in rapid
succession. Shots went wide right and got deflected away by Bronco defenders.
The RB keeper snuffed out one shot by covering up the ball with her body.
No penalty stroke was called -- the first of two controversial goalkeeping
calls that would ultimately decide the game's final score.
Torrey and RB both had their scoring
chances in the second half, but nobody scored until the final minute when
one of the Bronco forwards fired off a long desperation shot. The Falcon
defenders quite clearly thought the shot came from outside the circle,
but the refs (and RB) disagreed. Torrey had one last desperation shot at
the end that was batted away by the Bronco keeper.
The junior varsity Falcons
had no such problems, cruising past the Broncos 3-0. Megan Glancy scored
unassisted, Rachael Haase off a dish from Natalie Cathcart, and Lauren
Howe on a pass from Caroline Paulson, as the JV spread their scoring wealth
amongst many different players. Torrey earned nine short corners and 12
shots on goal on offensive end and didn't allow RB a single shot at the
other end of the field.
Game Notes: The Broncos
victory marked the first time in 10 tries they have defeated Torrey Pines,
snapping a string of nine straight Falcons wins going back to 2004 . .
. Alex Moreno made her varsity debut in the second half aganst RB; an ankle
injury sustained at tryouts had ket her sidelined until last night . .
.In another battle along Interstate-15, Scripps Ranch bested San Pasqual
2-1 in an early season showdown between San Diego County's top two teams
. . . The junior varsity plays in the Serra Tournament this weekend.
Next up for the varsity Falcons -- a non-league game against powerhouse
on Tuesday Sept 15th. (Sept 10th)
Photos of TP varsity vs Rancho Bernardo by Ricki Betterncourt
Torrey Blanks Titans 2-0 (Twice)
Torrey Pines topped Poway
2-0 in both the varsity and JV games yesterday at Falcon Stadium, as both
squads earned their first wins of the young 2009 season. The Falcons took
an early lead in the Poway varsity game when Chelsea Yogerst took the ball
up the middle on the fast break and fired off a shot from the top of the
circle. The Titan keeper blocked it right back to Yogerst, who got off
a second shot that Sophie Edelman slammed into the cage. The Titans didn't
get close to the Torrey cage until around midway through the first half,
a shot that was kicked away by Falcons keeper Heather Schlesier. The teams
later traded short corners, but otherwise the first half was fairly quiet.
But the Falcons came charging out
after intermission, a burst of energy that earned them a second goal and
what proved to be an insurmontable lead. Yogerst was the catalyst again,
crossing to Edelman for another score at the end of a fast break.
Poway called a time out after that to regroup, but could not muster another
serious threat against what is proving to be a very tough Torrey defense
lead by juniors Caitlin Mackey, Priya Devasirvatham and Selin Esner.
The junior varsity Falcons
notched both their first win and first goals of the season. Chandler Baldwin
scored off a pass from Natalie Cathcart and Kristin Buchanan added a solo
goal, as the Torrey offense shifted into a higher gear after two zero-zero
Game notes: Torrey
last faced Poway in last year's CIF quarterfinals and came away with a
5-0 win and momentum that took them all the way to the title. The Falcons
also topped the Titans in the regular season (2-0) and Serra Tournament
(4-0) last year . . . Falcons forward/midfielder Chelsea Yogerst went out
with a hand injury late in the second half and is expected to miss tomorrow's
Rancho Bernardo game. (Sept 9th)
Photo of TP varsity vs Poway by Ricki Betterncourt --
Strokes Prove Fatal in Falcons
Torrey Pines dropped their regular
season opener 1-0 to Vista this afternoon in a game that went overtime
and ten strokes before the game was finally decided. The Falcons dominated
regulation, earning 13 short corners to zero for the visiting Panthers.
Play was in the Vista zone 70-80% of the game. But that was part of the
problem -- with the Vista defense bottled up in their own end of the field,
there was just too many bodies in front of the goal to get off many good,
hard shots. And the Falcons team could never figure out a way to get the
ball past Panther keeper Chelsee Brown, who swatted away shots right and
left and snuffed out Torrey fast breaks by streaking way out of the goal.
More than 15 minutes had ticked
off the clock before the Panthers got far enough into Falcons territory
to take a shot on goal -- a sprawling save by Heather Schlesier. Vista
apeared to score on a breakaway as time expired in the first half, but
a foul just before the shot negated the goal and the two teams went into
intermission even on the scoreboard. It was deja vu all over again in the
second half, the Falcons on almost constant attack, their shots either
batted away by Brown or lost in a scrum of bodies in front of the cage.
There was a lot more back and forth during the ten minute overtime. Chelsea
Yogerst had a couple of breakaways for the Falcons and Stephanie Cowles
got off a hard shot. At the other end of the field, Caitlin Mackey and
Priya Devasirvatham single handedly shut down a couple of Panther fast
breaks. And Vista earned its one and only short corner of the entire game.
Yet neither team scored and it came down to strokes -- the final ball --
which the Vista player slammed into the upper left-hand corner of the goal
over Schlesier's outstretched arm.
There wasn't much scoring in the
varsity game either, as Torrey Pines and Vista played to a 0-0 tie,
second draw in a row for the youngerFalcons.
Game notes: The loss
ended the Falcons' six game win streak stretching back to last October.
That may not seem like a huge streak, but it was the longest by any team
in San Diego County; the Falcons had won 15 of their last 16 games . .
. Torrey Pines had taken seven straight from Vista before Thursday; the
last Panthers victory over the Falcons came in 2003 . . . Vista has been
on the rise since late last season when the north county team reached the
CIF semis with a 2-0 upset of highly favored RBV . . . Vista keeper Chelsee
Brown and Torrey forward Chelsea Yogerst were teammates this past summer
on the California state U19 team that played at nationals in Virginia .
. . For those who didn't get the scoop, the controversy on the last stroke
was whether or not the Vista shooter took illegal extra steps (and faked
out the Torrey keeper) before hitting the ball. (Sept 3rd)
Photos of the Vista game by Ricki
Bettencourt can be viewed at Vista
Torrey Ties Qs in Final Scrimmage
Old rivals Torrey Pines and Serra played to a 3-3
tie this afternoon in the Falcons final preseason scrimmage. Senior Chelsea
Yogerst played a part in all three Falcon goals and junior Heather Schlesier
made some spectacular plays in goal to preserve the draw. On another hot
afternoon, both teams showed flashes of brilliance in the first half and
then faded after intermission. The scoreline -- five goals in the first
half and only one in the second -- reflects how the heat took its toll.
The Falcons drew first blood about seven minutes into
the game, when Stephanie Sabraw tipped in a hard cross from Yogerst. The
Conquistadores quickly tied the game, and then Yogerst put Torrey into
the lead again when she scored off a great Caroline Boucher pass about
18 minutes into the half. The Falcons extended their margin to two goals
just a minute later when Stepanie Cowles slammed home a short corner off
a Priya Devasirvatham push and Yogerst stop. But the Qs came charging back
to earn the tie, scoring twice out of scrums in front of the Torrey cage
after short corners. (Sept 1st)
The junior varsity teams also drew, Torrey and
Serra playing to a 0-0 tie.
Photos of the Serra scrimmage from
Ricki Bettencourt can be viewed at Serra
Falcons Fly Past Jags at First
Defending CIF champion Torrey Pines
kicked off the 2009 season with a 7-0 scrimmage victory over Valley
Center at the inaugural Jody Johnston Field Hockey Classic at Scripps
Ranch High School. Senior middy Stephanie Cowles notched a hat-trick for
the Falcons and all 19 players on the varsity roster saw action on an afternoon
when the air temperature in ScrippsRanch was at least 102 degrees.
The new-look Falcons certainly took
their time getting on the board. Nearly ten minutes elapsed before Sophie
Edelman put Torrey ahead on a crisp pass from Caitlin Mackey. The Falcons
second score started with a nifty give-and-go on the right sideline, Chelsea
Yogerst passing to Stephanie Cowles, who then slammed the ball past the
Jaguar keeper. Cowles scored again three minutes later to give Torrey a
three-goal lead at the half. Caroline Boucher scored less than a minute
into the second half, on a pass from Edelman. Jessica Brown then made it
5-0 on a brilliant solo run up the left side that ended with a sizzling
goal. Cowles then notched her third goal of the game, and Stephanie
Sabraw finished off the Torrey scoring on a pass from Hannah Bettencourt
with around two minutes left to play.
Torrey's defense was rarely tested. Keeper Heather Schlesier
had just one save and Valley Center managed a single short corner in a
game dominated by the Falcon offense. (August 29th)
Field Hockey Parents Meeting
Parents of all 2009 Torrey Pines field hockey players
are invited to a manditory meeting with Head Coach Kari DiGiulio and her
staff tonight (August 27th) at 6 PM in the Lecture Hall on campus. Players
area also invited and there will be pizza for the athletes. In addition
to discussing the 2009 season, spirit wear orders will be taken that evening
and tickets will be on sale for the Jody Johnston FH Classic (August 29th).
Anyone with questions should contact field hockey liaison Teri Summerhays
at email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Torrey Pines Field Hockey
Tryouts for the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen
teams will start Saturday, August 15th and continue Monday Aug 17th and
Tues Aug 18th. The time is 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM daily. Tryouts will continue
the rest of the week if necessary.
The location is Falcon Stadium on the Torrey Pines campus.
In order to try out, players must be cleared by the Torrey Pines Athletic
Dept and their name must appear on the Cleared List on the Torrey Pines
Athletics website -- http://www2.sduhsd.net/tp/athletics.php.
Players need to bring hockey sticks, mouthguard, shinguards,
sun screen and plenty of drink -- it will be very hot.
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
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and anything related to team activites would be fun to share with everyone.
Also, for the JV and freshmen games we need reports of game scores or even
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