Gianna Duddy GK
Like all teams this week, U16 Scarlet was hit hard by illness (you all need to eat more fruits and vegetables) but that didn't stop them from putting in an awesome performance with some seriously rapid development as a group and individually.
Gianna, Maggie, Hannah and Emma were rocks defensively and gave a really solid foundation for the rest of the team to build on. The first game was tight and resulted in a narrow loss to Central Penn but all that did was make the team more determined to put in a great performance in following matches.
Against Souderton and PA Elite the team was excellent, especially Caryn in midfield, who produced a masterclass in positional awareness. It meant that ahead of her Haley, Lianna and Cassidy (playing with the U16s at very short notice) could not only contain the opposition, but also put in some really threatening attacks. Souderton, much like PA Elite in the next game, couldn't deal with the discipline of the Knights and it was no surprise when we took leads we wouldn't give up. Hannah and Emma constantly attacked the right baseline and Maggie picked everything that came back at her on the other board. Haley, Lianna and Cassidy got in some great goalscoring positions and next time will get more goals to match their effort and desire.
The final game was a challenge against an organized Nook team but that didn't stop the group playing some excellent hockey. Gianna continued to produce little bits of magic in goal and though we ended with a loss we undoubtedly had the progression that we always look for.
The team doesn't have a great deal of experience with each other but their work-rate and desire was exceeded by no other team and that's exactly how we should always be. Great work all round.
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