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Field Hockey Faces First Competition
Members of Liberty Field Hockey took part in their first exhibition competition as a team over the weekend, playing on both Friday and Sunday. Head Coach Jodi Murphy's squad traveled to Longwood on Friday, before wrapping up the weekend locally on Sunday, playing at Lynchburg College.
Friday's spring play date began as the team observed Longwood and Richmond taking part in a full-field game. Following that contest, Liberty played both Richmond and Longwood in 7-aside matches.
Murphy commented on the team's first performance by saying, "With this being our first spring competition date, I was very pleased with our girls. They competed at a high level on Friday night and showed great focus and organization. They communicated well and were disciplined."
Speaking on the goals and development of the program, Murphy also stated, "I have been reminding the team of the somewhat cliché saying that building a program is a marathon and not a sprint. It is easy to forget the importance of planting the seeds and laying the foundation of the program and simply look at the results. I am more concerned with us committing to the values of the program and trusting that we will reap a harvest in the future for that pledge."
Sunday saw even further competition for the team, as they competed against a variety of opponents at Lynchburg College. Teams involved in the day-long play included Virginia Tech club teams, Limestone College and Lynchburg College.
After taking part in three 25-minute, 7-aside games, Liberty took part in its first full-field game of the spring, facing Limestone's blue squad.
On Sunday's action, Murphy recalls goalkeepers' play as a highlight, saying, "I was thoroughly impressed with our goalkeepers. Their willingness to be both vocal leaders and field generals helped keep our girls in rhythm throughout the day."
Play in the field was also good, as Murphy stated, "We had some fantastic goal scoring opportunities and we were able to execute on some of our penalty corners. As a whole, I was most pleased with the endless work rate of the players and their desire to tackle back and fight for 50/50 balls."
While the Lady Flames are through with spring play, the weekend of play gave Murphy some positive insight for their inaugural season this fall. "This weekend gave us a glimpse of what I believe is going to be an exciting journey for Lady Flames field hockey."