Varsity Field Hockey Wins Pool at St. Louis Tournament


Ellie Ostroff

The Glenbard West Varsity Field Hockey team after receiving their trophy!

In early September, the Glenbard West Varsity Field Hockey team went to the  Gateway Classic High School Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. This tournament is the largest high school field hockey tournament in the country. With 57 teams and 14 different pools, the tournament is a packed high-profile event that the Glenbard West Varsity Field Hockey team has been attending for years. This year, the team dominated their competition, winning their pool and defeating all three opponents.

The first game against the University School of Milwaukee took place on the second day of the tournament, a hot, breezy Saturday. Glenbard West finished with a score of 2-0, with a shutout for senior goalie Willa Ostroff and 2 goals scored by senior Anna Enright and junior Sophie Coronelli.

Next, West played Ballard, a high school team from Louisville, Kentucky. At the end of the second half on the warm Sunday morning, the score was tied 1-1, with one goal scored by senior Grace Gillen. However, during a nail-biting finish, sophomore Tessa Erickson scored a goal with 5 seconds on the clock, making the score 2-1 and spelling victory for Glenbard West!

West’s last pool game was played on Sunday afternoon against Lafayette, the last team in Pool E. The team finished their last game with a score of 1-0, with the goal for West scored by Grace Gillen.

Coach Judge, the Varsity Field Hockey coach, said, “The varsity field hockey team met their challenge against three competitive teams in St. Louis. The team improved their play in each game and it was capped off with a very intense 3rd game vs. Lafayette. The defensive play by center back Emma Erickson and goalie Willa Ostroff shut down a very good offensive team winning with a 1-0 shut out and their pool championship.”

The Glenbard West Varsity Field Hockey team is currently entering the playoffs after a season record of 20 wins, 2 ties, and 5 losses. Be sure to wish them luck!