The State College field hockey team’s season came to an end on Tuesday night with a 5-0 loss to Unionville in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament at Bald Eagle Area’s Alumni Stadium. State College finished the year with a record of 14-7.
Unionville controlled the game from start to finish, not letting up on offense and allowing very few shots for the Lady Little Lions.
The breakthrough for Unionville came in the 14th minute when Katie Anderson found Annie McDonough, and Unionville never looked back. Anderson added two goals and another assist, while McDonough scored the final goal of the match. Claire Donovan also added a goal for Unionville.
“I think we did kind of hang our head a bit there,” said State College head coach Chelsea Cummins. “We haven’t been in that situation in quite a few games so this was maybe a little bit of a shocker. But the credit to Unionville, they pounced hard and took advantage of our letdown and they rolled with it.”
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Despite the loss, Cummins said she was extremely proud of how far her team has come over the course of the season.
“I said to them at the beginning of the season that this team is a huge question mark,” Cummins said. “When we asked at the beginning how far are we gonna go, what’s gonna happen here, it was up in the air. We came together a lot, we pushed through, we went through adversity.”
State College will graduate five seniors, all of whom were praised by their coach for their progression over the years.
“They talk a lot about their middle school season how they didn’t score a goal and they were apparently really rough,” she said. “That just shows tremendous growth and tremendous hard work. These kids have put in the time. Can’t take anything away from them, they’re tough and they have bright futures.”
Seniors Taylor Love and Jackie Snedden reflected on their years together and the legacy they will leave behind for the underclassmen.
“We’ve all been friends since the beginning,” Love said. “We just fight really hard and everyone pushes each other and it’s a full team effort.”
“I think for our team, we’ve left a huge legacy,” Snedden said. “We’ve been teaching these girls since we were younger through club. I’m really excited to see the younger girls and see how far they get.”
This would also be the last time Taylor Love would play with her younger sister Kelsey, who is a sophomore on the team. Taylor tore her ACL last year and did not compete, making this season the only season the Love sisters played together for State College.
“It was really hard to be out all of last year,” an emotional Love said. “But coming back and getting to play with (Kelsey) was really memorable.”
With the historic season for State College field hockey over, Cummins said that the bar has been raised for next year and the future.
“We have high hopes,” said Cummins. “We have high expectations and it starts now, we’re not done yet.”