Challenging the Titans

Mustangs field hockey team plays strong in loss to South Kamloops Titans

A 4-1 loss to the South Kamloops Titans have the Princess Margaret Mustangs field hockey team still searching for its first win. Even though they lost at home, the Mustangs, now 0-3, were happy with how they played. Makeena Hartmann scored for the Mustangs. “I feel like we played pretty good as a team,” said Mutang Sophie Biollo. Mustang Sylvia Barnett said playing the Titans was a good learning experience. Among the things that made the Titans challenging was their ball control as they possess strong passing skills as well as stick handling. “Our team, we were able to compete,” said Barnett. “Kamloops had good control. We have to run as fast as we can,” said Biollo. “It pushes us to be our best.” Mustangs co-coach Brenda Kelly was proud of her team’s play. With the Titans being a former AAA school, she expected them to be a stronger group. Titans coach Kash Dhaliwal, who has one returning player, said playing the Mustangs turned into a scrappy affair. He also said the bumpy field conditions are not what they are used to. It was their fourth time playing on grass, compared to 10 times on turf. The Mustangs roster features players of mixed experience and Kelly said each game there is improvement. “The ones who have played, work at helping the new ones to learn,” she said. The Mustangs opened their season on Sept.23 in Oliver, losing 1-0 to the Hornets. On Sept.30, the Mustangs lost to Kelowna’s Okanagan Mission.