New Hope-Solebury Field Hockey has shocked teams in the BAL with their unexpected winning streak. After playing eight games, they have only lost one game to an out-of-league team against Southern Lehigh, which is much larger school than New Hope.
They had seven shuts out in a row due to Chloe Verwiel and the defense who had amazing saves when the team needed it the most.The offense contributed by going to work in front of the net scoring goals in clutch situations. The girls also had to endure two intense over times against Delaware Christian and Plumstead. The girls determination and endurance is what kept them in the games which eventually lead to victories.
After losing six key players last year, many people did not have high expectations for New Hope to go far this year. New Hope was a target this year. Lower Moreland, Plumstead and Christopher Dock all decided that beating New Hope would be a team goal for the season and they were willing to shed blood to do so. The girls showed up to every game with the mentality to play and to win no matter who they were up against.
After interviewing the team,they said that if they had to describe their team this season it would be “small but mighty.” The team only has seventeen players and often do not have substitutes and have to play the entire game and sometimes including over times. New Hope’s strength as a team this year is determination. The girls do not stop for anything or anyone. With only a few week left in the season they will continue with this mentality and hopefully their winning streak to claim the title of BAL champions.