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Phoenix Burnout at Hands of Pride

On Oct. 3, the Phoenix field hockey team went head to head in a battle with the Heritage Pride which ultimately resulted in a loss of 11-0.
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Freshman Daniela Rojas attempts to steal the ball from the opponent. “This game was kind of an off day, but it happens. [We’ve] definitely had a lot of improvement since our first game.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the Phoenix field hockey team went against the Heritage Pride, with the matchup ultimately resulting in an 11-0 loss. The Phoenix accredited the loss to the lack of communication between the players. “Ironically, [we need to work on] communicating with each other so that we know what’s going on and we play as one team [as opposed to] fighting each other,” junior, and one of three captains, Dhanya Babu said.

“I think we need to work on offense, like pushing up a little more,” freshman Morgan Anspach said. To do this, the team runs specific offensive drills like the three-man weave and push passes designed to increase their passing skills. 

Regardless of setbacks, the game did have its successes. “We [had] good hits,” freshman Daniela Rojas said. “Even though sometimes it’s off, they were pretty good, especially because this team had a big wall. I feel like if we really apply to it, our passes make it easier.” 

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Sophomore Taylor Zeberlein is a returning member of the field hockey team, but due to injuries, she was unable to play in recent games and has been watching the team from the sidelines instead. “I say that we’ve improved a lot from the beginning of the year,” Zeberlein said. “We have a lot of new people on our team, so everyone was [confused on how well we would do], but I think everyone picked up the sport really fast.” 

With there being so many new people on the team, Babu has had to become someone that the players rely on. “[This team] is very different from last year, and it’s hard, especially being a new captain and someone other teammates look up to,” Babu said.

Compared to the beginning of the season, the team is starting to come together on the field. “I really liked our last quarter when we realized what our strategy was and we worked together as a team,” Babu said. 

Since the start of the season, the players have meshed well together and have become friends outside of the sport. “We’re all good friends and everyone is nice to each other,” Anspach said. “We’ve gone to Sweet Frog together and a music festival [as well]. We have a great time together on and off the field.”

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Maya Coleman
Maya Coleman, Business Manager
Maya Coleman is a junior and this is her second year on “The Blaze.” She is the Business Manager and is excited for another year on the school newspaper! Ever since she was younger, she’s loved to write, and it’s something she believes she will always be very passionate about. She is a part of Rock Ridge Sings as another elective, and in her free time she enjoys reading books, watching movies, and hanging out with her friends.
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Shivu Sathe is a valued member of staff, always fast and efficient when it comes to editing articles in her role as News Editor. She’s always liked writing, so it was no surprise that she found a home in newspaper and journalism. Although she’s already beginning to prepare for her life as a college student, she enjoys staying active and up to date in terms of what’s going on around Rock Ridge as part of The Blaze.

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