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Field hockey battles it out in state playoffs

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The varsity field hockey team comes together for a hug after their loss against Chapel Hill in the second round of state playoffs.

The varsity field hockey team comes together for a hug after their loss against Chapel Hill in the second round of state playoffs.

Madison Ayres

Madison Ayres

The varsity field hockey team comes together for a hug after their loss against Chapel Hill in the second round of state playoffs.

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After a tough game against Chapel Hill, the Northwest varsity field hockey team finished their season in the second round of the state playoffs.

The Vikings made it to the second round after defeating Carrboro 1 to 0 on Oct. 24 at home.

Sophomore forward Katie Keller scored the game-winning goal to secure the victory in the first round.

“I felt like all my hard work and effort finally paid off,” Keller said.

Keller was quick to praise her teammates.

“My teammates deserve just as much credit as I do,” Keller said. “Without them, we never would have won the game.”

Going into the second round, the team worked harder than ever.

“We knew it was going to be a hard game,” sophomore center midfielder Haley Brown said.

Practicing two hours every day after school, the team worked toward the same goal to defeat Chapel Hill.

“I knew that we really had to practice and work hard to compete against them,” senior captain and center midfielder Brooke Bobetich said. “We had never beaten Chapel Hill before.”

On Oct. 30, the team faced the Tigers in an evenly-matched game. The scoreboard remained pointless for almost the entire game, with Northwest’s senior goalie Morgan Sutton making seven saves. With the clock winding down, players and fans began thinking about the possibility of overtime. Then, in the last 30 seconds, Chapel Hill scored the winning goal.

“It felt like that was the end,” Brown said. “We had lost.”

The sudden goal was very upsetting to the team.

“It was heart-breaking to see the seniors so upset and have our season come to a close,” Keller said.

Despite the loss, the team kept their heads up.

“Everyone played great; to lose in the last 30 seconds proves that we are fully capable of beating them,” Bobetich said.

The varsity and junior varsity teams will celebrate their seasons at their banquet on Nov. 9.

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