Indian Hill Field Hockey In State Final Four


Field Hockey is not a sport that we have covered over the years.  The reason being there are not many schools that have teams,  only 38 statewide.  The sport is an OHSAA recognized sport.  The only school in the CHL with field hockey is Indian Hill.  The Braves have had the program for many years.  Most schools that have field hockey teams are Division I schools or private schools.  On Indian Hill's schedule, only Oakwood is the non D1 or private school.  The Braves have struggled over the years but this year, everything has come together for a great season.  They have a 12-4 record and have made it to the state final four.  It is their first time in the final four since 2000 when they finished runner-up in the state.  The Braves have also been to the state finals in 1981, 1982, 1993, 1994.  They will take on Hudson on Thursday in the state semi-final game at 5:00 at Thomas Worthington Stadium in Worthington.  The last time Indian Hill met Hudson was in the state semi-finals in 1982.  The winner will meet the Gahanna Columbus Academy-Bishop Watterson winner in the state championship Saturday.  Gahanna is the defending state champ.
Indian Hill 's varsity coach is Tara Rose.  Tara has been part of the program for some years.  Her daughter Kirsta is the junior varsity coach.  Tara has a vested interest in the Braves field hockey program.  She is a graduate of Indian Hill and was on the varsity team from 1992-1995.  Two of her high school years, her team made it to the final four, so she is no stranger to the "big stage".  Coach Rose has a real passion for her team and her sport.  When asked about a four game losing streak that her team had during the season, this was her response... "The only thing we can say is we met some great teams and some of those teams proved to be more challenging for us.  So after a couple of losses countered with some good practices and our girls continuing to work hard, only then were we able to get ourselves back and refocused in games".  She went on to say "I think having a small team puts a little stress on the them (players) but once they took a step back to regain focus and we could assure everyone was walking off the field able to say they played their best then we were able to communicate better as a team to help come together on the field for their remaining games".  Indian Hill takes a seven game win streak into the Hudson game. The team has scored 63 goals so far this year with 33 assists.  Maddie Reyering is the goalie for the Braves.  She has given up only 10 goals in 16 games including 7 shut-outs. According to Coach Rose, Maddie's is one of the biggest supporters of her teammates.  She is always cheering her teammates from in the goal. Coach Rose added "I just feel like I have some amazing girls on our team as they each pull for each other to make sure they all play their strongest game every game we play.  They are super supportive and the most considerate athletes and I am proud to watch them grow into fine young hockey players.  I would want to call them all out for some great plays they have had throughout the season.  I look forward to seeing what they bring to the game on Thursday.  Go Braves! ".
We will keep you up on how the team does in the semi final game and hopefully the state title game.