Field Hockey Season Wrap Up!


Serena Olden, Writer

This past 2021 field hockey season was substantially long. Starting in August and ending in the third week of November, the season was filled with joys, victories, and a great amount of hard work. From the first game played by the monarchs, the intensity was high, and the team worked hard during practices and games to give them an 11-0 win against Sacred Heart Academy in their first in-league conference game.

Thrill flooded the Gwynedd community when the monarchs won 8-0 against rivalry team Mount Saint Joseph on Gwynedd’s home turf. The rivalry between the two schools’ athletic teams has been apparent for generations, so it was an exciting time for the monarchs when the first goal was scored to the last second before the buzzer concluded a shut-out game.

The monarchs have also played some tough games throughout the season. On September 17th, the team played Villa Maria Academy at their field in Malvern. The game went into overtime, with Villa Maria having the first goal in overtime ending in a 3-2 loss for Gwynedd. When the monarchs played the hurricanes for a second time, the game went into overtime once again, with neither of the teams scoring in the additional 15 minutes, therefore, ending in a 1-1 tie. So, when the team was notified that their opponent for the district final game was Villa Maria, the monarchs were ready for the competition and determined to take home the win. The game was close for the first three quarters, but the monarchs pulled ahead in the fourth-quarter ending in a 3-1 victory. The Gwynedd student section at Methacton High School was exhilarated when the team was named 2021 district champions.

After being named district champions, the monarchs continued to advance through the state playoffs, winning against Susquehannock, Palmyra, and Mechanicsburg. The State’s final game was held on November 20th against Twin Valley. Hundreds of students, parents, and faculty came out to support the field hockey team. Unfortunately,  the final score of the game was a 3-2 upset with Twin Valley on top. Despite the loss, Gwynedd field hockey went to the state championship for the first time since 1996! This was a huge accomplishment for the entire field hockey team and the Gwynedd community. Although the season may not have ended as they wanted, the field hockey team had a great season overall with lots of victories to celebrate. Way to go Monarchs!