Senior Emma Tardiff slotted home a cross from fellow senior Elizabeth Clevenger to put the Hornets up 3-0 over Adrian, ensuring that the team’s win streak would continue Tuesday night under the lights at MacKenzie Field.
Both winning and contributions from seniors have come often for the Hornets this season, the team has 9 seniors, 8 of which start regularly, and the only one who does not is the team’s leading scorer. Six of the seniors have found the back of the net, accounting for 13 of the team’s 27 goals, with Tardiff leading the group with 5. The group have also played a big part in setting up the goals as was the case Tuesday night, with 14 assists on the season.
The win over Adrian extending the team’s win streak to 5 games, and helped maintain the Hornets unbeaten record in MIAA play, now nearing the halfway point of conference play. The Hornets are 5-0-1, and just one point behind Hope who has played one more game to this point. During the winning streak, the Hornets have outscored their opponents 19-5, averaging nearly 4 goals per game.
When asked about their success so far, the team has been happy, but also humble and hungry for more. “We are very excited about the success we have had so far this season,” Tardiff said “but we also know that we have so much more to accomplish this season”. This is not surprising for this group, with 9 seniors on the team who have made the conference tournament the past 2 seasons, they hope to go even farther this year and capture a conference title.
While the seniors make up a large part of the roster, the team also benefits greatly from its depth. “We have so much depth on the team this year” said senior Sydney Spring, “from our starting players to every player who comes off the bench”. That depth has been key, with 17 players making appearances in at least 7 of the team’s 9 games so far, and 11 different players scoring already this season. “It is really enjoyable to leave a game knowing you won and knowing every player on the team was able to impact the win” Spring added.
The Hornets will look to extend the streak to 6 and reclaim first place in the MIAA at home on Wednesday night against Albion at 7:00 p.m..