Great start for South Huron field hockey team

Panthers on the prowl
The South Huron District High School (SHDHS) girls varsity field hockey team is currently undefeated in league play this season. On Oct. 5, the SHDHS Panthers played at home against Goderich and Mitchell. Above: Panther Kiley Pincombe, right, is shown crossing sticks with one of the Goderich players. The Goderich game was the Panthers' first tie game of the season, finishing at 1-1. The girls then beat Mitchell 7-0. The girls will be away to play against St. Anne's Oct. 13.

EXETER —  The South Huron District High School (SHDHS) girls varsity field hockey team is enjoying an undefeated streak so far this season, with Goderich being the biggest obstacle standing in their way.

The Panthers played at home against Goderich on Oct. 4. It was an important match since both teams had gone undefeated in league play so far, and neither one wanted a blemish on their perfect win record.

In the end, neither team would take the loss with both of them working hard to control the ball. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Panthers field hockey coach Jim Workman sees Goderich as the greatest threat his girls will face as they struggle for WOSAA qualification.

“There’s only one team that will be going to WOSAA from here. The only team I can see beating us is Goderich. It will be an uphill battle., They were second in OFSAA last year,” he said.

The next time Goderich and South Huron will meet on the field will be Oct. 24.

After the tie game, the Panthers played against Mitchell and they resumed their wining streak, winning 7-0.

In total, the Panthers have seven wins so far this season.

The girls have also been giving a strong performance outside of regular league play.

On Sept. 18, the Panthers played in the annual Waterloo Women’s Field Hockey Tournament in Kitchener and won 1-0 against Goderich in the finals.

On Sept. 30, the Panthers won silver at a high school field hockey tournament in Kitchener, this time losing to the Resurrection team 2-0.

“We have a small bunch of people to work with. In some way, that helps. They get more playing time,” said Workman. “They’re fairly fast, skillful, and they’re determined to do well”

Workman is ready to compliment the skills of every member of his team, but he mentioned the strength of their goalie, Amanda Hodgert.

Not only have the SHDHS girls been winning almost every game in the regular season, but so far every game they’ve won has been without being scored on.

All seven wins this season in league play have been without the Panthers being scored on at all. The first and only goal that has slipped past Hodgert so far was the one from their tie with Goderich.

Workman also cited the strong defense play from Rosie Riddle, Maddi Dalrymple and Phylicia Krainz.

The girls will be back on the field Oct. 13 to defend their winning streak against St. Anne’s.