The Assumption field hockey team wanted to make history this season
The Assumption field hockey team wanted to make history this season.
The Rockets did Wednesday night, beating Mercy 4-0 in the state final at Bellarmine University’s Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. It was Assumption’s second straight title — and ninth overall — but its first since the sport became sanctioned statewide by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
“It’s amazing being the first team to win it,” senior Bailey Higgins, the tournament’s most valuable player, said. “We can go down in history as being the first state champion.”
Sophomore Elizabeth Allgeier had a goal and an assist while Emma Spinetto, Kennedy Frantz and Erika Cooper also found the cage for the Rockets (22-3-1).
Assumption rolled through the region and state tourneys, outscoring its opponents 24-1. The Rockets were coming off an emotional 1-0 semifinal victory over archrival Sacred Heart, which could have set them up for a letdown. It didn’t happen.
“They were pumped up and didn’t take (Mercy) for granted,” Rockets coach Debbie Judd said.
Assumption dominated from the start as it outshot the Jaguars 16-0.
The Rockets got the only goal they would need with 12:29 to play in the first half when Allgeier poked one past Mercy goalie Susie Williams, who had turned away eight penalty strokes in the Jaguars’ 3-2 overtime triumph over Manual in the semifinals.
Assumption added three more goals in the second half.
Spinetto, a sophomore, tallied off a feed from classmate Chloe Fox with 15:38 to play.
The Rockets then tacked on two more in the final 10 minutes as Frantz, a senior, finished off a pass from Allgeier and Cooper, a freshman, scored an unassisted goal.
“Honestly I think we wore them down,” Judd said. “We had a really deep bench so we used it to our advantage.”
Assumption’s defense made things easy for goalie Sydney Lococo.
“They played really strong tonight, they didn’t let a ball get past them,” said the senior, who didn’t allow a goal in either the region or state tournaments.
Despite the loss Mercy coach Brittany Johnson was in good spirits after the Jaguars (16-10-1) made their first-ever state finals appearance since the school’s field hockey program was revived in 1999.
“It’s phenomenal, the progress shown over 15 years,” said Johnson, a 2004 Mercy grad.
A beaming Judd, meanwhile, had some similar words to describe her team’s season.
“This year was fantastic,” she said. “We had 15 seniors, including our manager, and even though they were challenging at times they worked hard and they played hard. I’m very excited and very proud of the girls.
“(Plus) we made history, so that’s kind of cool.”
Assumption 4 (Elizabeth Allgeier, Emma Spinetto, Kennedy Frantz, Erika Cooper), Mercy 0
All-tournament team: Katie Walsh (Ballard); Hana Priddy (Presentation); Charlotte Happel (Collegiate); Shelby Easley (Christian Academy of Louisville); Caroline Krill and Kate Vernezia (Sacred Heart); Sarah Biggs and Jordan Thompson (Manual); Kylee Daugherty, Amy Edgerton and Olivia Hennis (Mercy); Elizabeth Allgeier, Rebecca Theineman and Bailey Higgins (Assumption). MVP – Higgins.