Sequoits face off Francis Parker in OT


Donald Barnett

Senior Cameron Pluciennik loose dribbles toward the outside of the field.

On Monday, Aug. 29, the Antioch varsity field hockey team suffered a close game against Francis Parker. The Sequoits held a score of 1-1 throughout the game until overtime, when Francis parker scored two goals, making the score 3-1. 

“This game compared to last year’s game against Francis Parker, was very different. We have improved significantly,” junior Macie Volkmar said. “Last year, we were scored on within minutes, but this year we were able to stay tied until the last quarter of the game.” 

The girls held a tie of 0-0 until the fourth quarter when senior and captain Cameron Pluciennik managed to score, making the score 1-0. With only two minutes left on the clock, Francis Parker managed to score, tying the game 1-1 and sending the Sequoits into overtime.

 “Before the game, I honestly felt nervous just because of the score from last year, but my mood definitely changed throughout.” sophomore Mycah Thompson said. “I gained a lot of confidence after halftime when we were staying tied.”

After a well-fought four quarters, Francis Parker scored two goals and the Sequoits lost the battle 3-1 in overtime, but like all team sports, communication and teamwork is vital to succeeding. Although the girls suffered a tough loss, they worked together and held hope. 

“When the game was over I was definitely upset they took the win but I felt really proud of my team because we worked really well and made sure to communicate,” Thompson said.

The lady Sequoits have been working very hard at practices, conditioning and drilling all positions on the field to make them stronger as a team.

“We are on the field practicing daily as well as conditioning and preparing ourselves mentally for our games,” junior Hannah Schaufele said. 

Having strong bonds and close relationships with teammates is always important when it comes to the dynamic of the sport of field hockey. 

“It’s so nice having such good teammates who are constantly reassuring you and pointing out what you’re doing well. It helps to calm nerves and remind each other that one game doesn’t reflect our entire season,” Thompson said. 

The Sequoits are prepared to keep up the excellent work and dominate their next game versus their rival school, Lakes.

“I think overall the game went very well. I think we really put a challenge to Francis Parker. We played aggressively and held the score for the majority of the game,” Volkmar said. 

The Sequoits have returned from their recent tournament in St. Louis where they placed first in their pool and will take a home field advantage on Wednesday against Lake Forest High School at 6:15 p.m.