Senior * Archmere * field hockey
THE WEEK: Scored a goal and added two assists as the Auks opened the season with a 4-1 victory over Concord on Friday. “I love scoring; I love hearing the ball hit the back of the net,” said Rath.
THE FEELING: “It felt great,” Rath said of the first game of the season. “It really was a morale boost for us because last year we didn’t have such a great record, but this year [the win] gave us hope that it’s going to be a good year.”
THE PREPARATION: The Auks also opened last season against Concord. The results were different, as Archmere lost a 2-1 decision. “We did a lot more conditioning and training,” Rath said. “We focused more on trusting each other as a team and team bonding to help us get ready for a good season.”
THE SEASON: Archmere finished last season with a 4-11 record, but this year Rath has high expectations. “I’m hoping we’ll make it to States again,” she said. “I strongly believe that we’ll make it to first round – at least that’s my goal.” Rath has been on strong playoff contending teams in the past and hopes the Auks continue a solid start today against St. Elizabeth at Hockessin Montessori School at 3:45.
THE LEADERSHIP: The captain believes this season is headed in the right direction based on the Auks’ senior leadership. “We’re really focused, and we really want to get the job done and have a good year for everyone else on the team,” she said.
THE COACH SAYS: “I’m most proud of her just maturing as a player, both on and off the field,” said Kylee Trivits, who has been on the Archmere coaching staff for nine seasons. “Her skill level has improved tremendously. She worked hard in the offseason.”
THE INSPIRATION: When it comes to the sport she loves, Rath gives her father a lot of credit. He motivates her to keep going. “Even though sometimes we’ll be hard on each other, he really encourages me and he’s always there for me and he believes in me,” Rath said.
THE CLASSROOM: “My favorite subject would probably have to be somewhere around English or photography,” said the senior. “I love expressing myself and knowing that what I write or what I take a picture of can’t be wrong.”
THE FUTURE: The right wing verbally committed to Ohio State and will continue her field hockey journey next year.
– Gianna Banner