Seniors shine for NRHS on senior night

Published 11:02 pm Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nansemond River High School head coach Ali Mowry gathers with her seniors on Senior Night after a 9-0 victory over visiting Heritage High School in which all five players scored. From left: goalkeeper Brooke Street, back Elizabeth Gover, Ali Mowry, back Madison Janek, forward Kimberly Bates and forward Amber Daubenspeck.

Nansemond River High School head coach Ali Mowry gathers with her seniors on Senior Night after a 9-0 victory over visiting Heritage High School in which all five players scored. From left: goalkeeper Brooke Street, back Elizabeth Gover, Ali Mowry, back Madison Janek, forward Kimberly Bates and forward Amber Daubenspeck.

The Nansemond River High School field hockey team returned to its home field on Wednesday evening for the first time in two weeks to take on Heritage High School in a conference match-up on Senior Night.

All five seniors on the Lady Warriors’ roster tallied goals in a 9-0 mercy-rule shortened victory over the Lady Hurricanes.

Some of the seniors to net goals were familiar goal-scorers like forward Kimberly Bates, who scored twice on assists by senior forward Amber Daubenspeck. Daubenspeck scored, unassisted, as did senior back Madison Janek.

Nansemond River High School sophomore forward Natalie White looks to play keep away from the Heritage High School player on Wednesday evening as sophomore forward/midfielder Ashley Hiltabrand comes to provide support. The Lady Warriors won at home, 9-0, on Senior Night.

Nansemond River High School sophomore forward Natalie White looks to play keep away from the Heritage High School player on Wednesday evening as sophomore forward/midfielder Ashley Hiltabrand comes to provide support. The Lady Warriors won at home, 9-0, on Senior Night.

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But the other two seniors were back Elizabeth Gover and goalkeeper Brooke Street, both of whom were particularly excited by their time on the offensive end.

“Our teammates tried to help us get a goal,” Gover said, and Street quickly added, “It meant the world to me.”

Janek said, “I definitely think the entire team played a selfless game.”

Nansemond River head coach Ali Mowry had nothing but positive impressions from her team’s performance.

Gover explained why this particular Senior Night held special significance for Mowry. “We were freshmen when she came,” she said, alluding to the coach’s now four-year stint.

“They put in the time, the dedication to the program,” Mowry said.

She said none of them had college play aspirations when they started to play field hockey, “but they still came out here with that effort that they were going to improve every day.”

Tears flowed after the game among both seniors and underclassmen as the seniors were recognized. Bates said the reason why the emotions hit everyone on the team is that compared to previous years, “we’re just a lot closer.”

The game also represented progress within the context of the 2013 season.

“It was important because we need to dominate the rest of the games in order to get second (in the conference),” Bates said.

Mowry was happy to see her team overcome some of its previous issues, noting her girls “finally scored in transition.”

Of the other goals, two came from junior forward/midfielder Desiree Patterson on assists from sophomore midfielder Jaclyn Mounie and sophomore forward/midfielder Ashley Hiltabrand. Sophomore midfielder Claire Janek also scored on a corner and assisted Street’s goal.

Nansemond River improves to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference.