PLAINSBORO — The resume speaks for itself.
Several 20-win seasons.
Multiple Shore Conference division and Shore Conference Tournament titles.
And don’t forget about the abundance of NJSIAA Sectional and NJSIAA state titles.
We’re talking about the last four years of the Shore Regional field hockey team thanks to the efforts of seniors Jessica Welch (midfielder), Annie Deusch (defender), Sarah Dwyer (goalie), Julianne Hurley (forward) and Reese Collin (defender).
Despite a 12-0 loss to Eastern in an NJSIAA Tournament of Champions first round game on Monday afternoon, the contributions of this senior class will not be forgotten by second-year Shore Regional field hockey coach Kelly Koenig.
“They are a tremendous group,” Koenig said. “The impact that they’ve had with their skill and their leadership has really made a remarkable impact on this team,” Koenig said.
This year’s senior class led the Blue Devils to a 22-5 record and over the course of the last four years Shore Regional has gone 85-12-3, won four division titles, two SCT titles, three NJSIAA sectional and three NJSIAA state titles.
“Jessica, who was a captain as a junior, just really stepped up and showed this team what hard work looks like,” Koenig said. “Jessica has willed herself to become an elite player. She came into the program as an o.k. player and she really became elite through her dedication because she plays year round.”
Welch was the team’s leading scorer this season with 51 goals and 19 assists while Deusch was the team’s second leading scorer with 41 goals and 15 assists. Dwyer as the team’s starting goalie, made 23 saves against Eastern’s high-octane offense on Monday, and finished the season with 128 saves.
“Sarah Dwyer had a tough game today. She stopped a lot of the straight shots and they (Eastern) are dangerous off the pads and we didn’t do a great job supporting her defensively,” Koenig said. “Annie Deusch is that kid with an extra heartbeat. She loves the game. She is passionate. I think all three of them are going to have really successful careers as they continue on in college.”
Welch is headed the farthest as she is going across the country to Stanford University. Dwyer’s next destination is the second farthest as she’s headed to Boston College and Deusch isn’t even leaving West Long Branch as she will attend Monmouth University.
“So, it is my ninth year with the program. I coached Jessica Welch and Annie Deusch since they were nine or 10 years old. So for me, it is always special to watch the kids evolve. They’ve turned into really intelligent, passionate young women,” Koenig said. “And for me, it is just an honor to be a part of that journey. That is what makes coaching so rewarding to see a kid like Sarah Dwyer pick up field hockey in seventh grade and arguably become one of the best goalkeepers in the state. “
And the resume verified that.
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