This past weekend, Casady’s varsity field hockey team brought home the hardware after a successful weekend at the Episcopal Cup Tournament in Dallas. Casady has participated in this tournament for the past two years since its establishment in 2017. This year, the competing teams included Casady, All Saints, Parish, the Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD), and Holland Hall. After three shutout victories and one tied game, Casady was crowned 2018 champion.
The girls started the tournament with a bang, beating All Saints 3-0. Next, they went head-to-head against Holland Hall; the final game score was 4-0. The following day, Casady battled ESD, ending in a 1-1 tie. Finally, Casady defeated Parish 4-0.
It was raining throughout all four of the games; despite the tough weather conditions, the girls remained persistent and emerged victorious at the end of the weekend.
Abbey Kays (‘21), Lydia Foster (‘19), and Isabel O’Connor (‘19) were awarded the “All Episcopal Cup Team” medals. Furthermore, O’Connor was awarded Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
I talked to the three stars from the weekend who shared their thoughts about the tournament:
What was the biggest challenge you or the team faced this weekend?
Abbey Kays: “Playing an SPC team [ESD] was pretty challenging because of all the stress that comes with playing a team in our conference.”
Of all the games you played this weekend, ESD was the toughest; you tied with them 1-all. How do you see the team performing against ESD in the future?
Lydia Foster: “I feel like we’ll be more confident and play with higher intensity in the future.”
What about your performance this weekend earned you that MVP title?
Isabel O’Connor: “I wouldn’t say my performance was anything special, but I think Coach Lane noted that my consistency throughout the weekend supported the team’s overall success!”
Coach Carla Lane also shared her thoughts on the Episcopal Cup: “I saw a lot for us continue to work on, but I am really excited about what I’m seeing […] everyone appears to be enjoying the season, and the girls are really coming together as a team.”
Coach Lane reported that the team is not concentrating on a victory-count; the girls’ focus is solely directed towards improving each time they step on the field.
With the season almost halfway over, Casady hockey’s performance has consistently been of high caliber. This team exemplifies the values of hard work and tenacity, and it will undoubtedly enjoy success in the future.