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Field Hockey Fights Till The End

As the last home game of the regular season came to an end on Oct. 12, the field hockey team celebrated their seniors and made sure their energy was high by not letting the final score ruin their spirits.
Aline Gonzalez
The field hockey team walks off the field at the end of the game, but the team didn’t let that loss ruin their spirits. Freshman Tanya Sharma (29) found the team didn’t let the outcome of the game discourage their spirits. “I think our team is really kind to each other,” Sharma said. “We always use positivity, like during the game. If someone makes a mistake, just keep cheering. It’ll be fine.”

On Oct. 12, the field hockey team honored their seniors with their parents, teammates, and coaches in their last home game against the Dominion Titans . Even though the Phoenix lost with a final score of 6-0, the team still had fun and supported each other throughout the game. 

The seniors acknowledged were Zannayah Thompson and Nuha Najmuddin. With cheers from the crowd, Thompson and Najmuddin made their way to the middle of the field accompanied by their family members, where each player got a senior sign. Principal John Duellman then took a picture of the seniors with their family to mark their last home game of their high school careers.

The practice before a big game, the team tries to work and target a specific skill. However, this game was different because each player was focusing on their own personal goal. 

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“[Our coach was] actually on vacation so last practice, we were asking each position, ‘What do you think we need to work on?’” freshman Daniela Rojas said. This technique was evident in the team’s  plays, as many players agreed that those in different positions played well in the game.

“I feel like our offense did really good,” Thompson said. “They were able to keep the ball up the field more. It doesn’t happen that much, but they did really good, and our defense also did really [well].” 

During the first quarter, the Titans scored three goals. The Titans scored another goal during the second quarter, but the Phoenix were able to prevent the opposing team from scoring any more goals in the third quarter. As the fourth quarter started, the Titans and Phoenix fought hard to score another goal. In the end, however, the Titans won the game with a final score of 6-0. The game ended early due to the Mercy Rule, which states that if a team is down by 6 points by the third quarter, the game ends.

Even though the Phoenix lost, the team still managed to walk off the field with smiles on their faces. The energy was high all throughout the game from both the audience members and the players.

New Teammates, New Friends

Seniors Zannayah Thompson (9) and Nuha Najmuddin (00) pose with their family as principal John Duellman takes their picture for their senior recognition. Thompson was introduced to many of the players at the beginning of this season since the team is made up of mostly freshmen, but she still found that the team got really close as they played together. “I have been on the team since freshman year, [but] none of the people on the team now were with me,” Thompson said. “At least five of them were there during my sophomore year and most of our team is freshmen, so a lot of them came this year. But, we’ve all got really close.”

Photo by: Aline Gonzalez

Forging the Path to Phoenix Field Hockey

Freshman Daniela Rojas (10) fights to steal the ball from the Titans. Rojas has played the game for two years in a rec league before joining the Phoenix field hockey team. While she started playing before she got to high school, she felt she needed to improve. “I did a rec team for 2 years and then I tried out for a travel program,” Rojas said. “I didn’t make the travel team, but made it into a program that helped me. I believe that’s what really helped me improve.”

Photo by: Diya Chand

Acknowledging the Improvement

Sophomore Taylor Zeberlein (1) stands in front of a Titans’ player, bracing to run to the ball. Zeberlein played center forward on the field in this game against the Titans. “Our first game against them, we didn’t do so well, but this game I think we improved a lot,” Zeberlain said. “We ended up playing the fourth quarter, which I’m really glad about.”

Photo by: Diya Chand

Perfect Passing

Rojas interacts during the game with a member of the Titans team as Titans player holds the ball. Passing was a prominent part of the game that helped the team stave off mercy rule during the third quarter. “ I feel like our team communicated a lot, and there were a lot of passes, which is better than other games,” Thompson said.

Photo by: Diya Chand

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Aline Gonzalez
Aline Gonzalez, Staff Writer
Aline is a junior at Rock Ridge High School and this is her second year on staff. Aline joined newspaper because she has a deep passion for journalism and plans to pursue a career in this field. Aline also has an interest in the law field and would also like to become a lawyer. Aline has many hobbies ranging from reading, drawing, painting, to playing video games with her friends and family. She likes to play football in her free time with her friends. Aline looks forward to making lots of new friends this year.
Muhammad Reda
Muhammad Reda, Staff Writer
Sophomore Muhammad Reda is a returning member of The Blaze as a Staff Writer. He enjoys photography, which is a major reason for his interest in Newspaper. Outside of school, Muhammed enjoys reading and listening to all types of music. Muhammad’s main goal this school year is to thrive and do better than he did the previous year. . Muhammed enjoys hanging out with The Blaze staff, because he enjoys the company and how they encourage them to work harder. Muhammed strives to become a photographer for The Blaze in the coming years.
Diya Chand
Diya Chand, Staff Writer
Diya Chand is a senior this year, and a new staff writer to The Blaze. Her time in the Art and Lit Mag club here at Rock Ridge helped lead her to Newspaper. Now, she is looking forward to taking pictures, interviewing, and improving her graphic design. Diya also has interests in the medical field, hoping to join the Red Cross Club, potentially train to be an EMT, and maybe pursue veterinary science or dentistry. This year, Diya is looking forward to Capstone at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter. On any day, you can find her at Rock Ridge or at the Academies of Loudoun in the Academy of Science pathway. There, she’s a member of the STEM4Kids club. Outside of school, though, you can find her drawing, watching Netflix, or reading interesting research articles (one of which was about roundworms being able to detect cancer in dog pee).

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