The Sacred Heart Academy Valkyries (25-1) earned their tenth State Field Hockey title last night with a 1-0 win over Kentucky Country Day, in front of a spirited crowd of students, parents and fans. The team ranked number 11 nationally by MaxFieldHockey.com, capped off a near-perfect season, losing only to a top-ranked Eastern (N.J.) team early in October.
Sacred Heart was led by a strong group of seniors, including Mattie Tabor, a four-year starter, who was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player, Parker Guy and Caroline Liston, all of whom were named to the all-tournament team. Sacred Heart's only goal was scored by another senior leader, Tori Hill, just 7:27 into the first half, and the Valkyries held the Bearcats back with strong defense and solid ball movement to clench the title. Valkyrie defense limited the Bearcats to just two shots and two corners while offense dominated with 10 shots and seven corners, including Hill's score, pushed in through a sea of jerseys from just a few feet outside the goal.
Varsity coach, Eleanor Mitchell, a former Valkyrie player herself, knows this is a special team. "These girls, especially the group of seniors, have worked so hard to make this a reality. I'm so happy for them, this is a special group of players and they deserve the title."
Sacred Heart celebrated the win with a school-wide pep rally and trophy presentation on Thursday, October 25.