Vineyard girls field hockey bests Ursuline 4-0 to qualify for state tourney

Kylie Hatt, right, chases down a pass from Aubrey Ashmun, 10. — Photo by Michael Cummo

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School varsity girls field hockey team qualified for the state tournament with a 4-0 win over Ursuline Academy Monday before a hometown crowd on Seniors Day.

Four minutes into the game, Gabby Hoxie put the Vineyarders ahead on assists from Hannah Kim and Aubrey Ashmun. The girls extended the lead with just until 12 minutes left in the first half when Shannon O’Connor put a Belle Dinning pass into the back of the net.

The girls came out swinging after halftime, intent on securing their place in the state tournament. Five minutes into the second half, Olivia Lindgren-Green extended the lead to 3-0. Minutes later, defender Jess Sonia cleared a Ursuline shot off the line, keeping the lead at three.

A “Lets Go Seniors” chant rang out, as the bench and parents spurring the girls to play hard until the final whistle. With three minutes left in the game, Aubrey Ashmun passed to Hannah Kim, who knocked the ball past the Ursuline goalie to make it 4-0 and secure the win.

When the final whistle blew, the girls ran onto the field to celebrate as parents screamed their approval. An excellent Martha’s Vineyard team was rewarded with a tournament berth. The next game is Wednesday against Bishop Stang at home.