On the first night of the MHSAA field hockey playoffs, Chelsea pulled a tough draw in the first round, as they were matched up against one of the highest-ranked teams in the state, the Saline Hornets. Saline had soundly defeated Chelsea earlier in the season and have high aspirations of a state championship. But Chelsea was looking to play the spoiler role this year in the playoffs and was not about to let anyone walk all over them.
The game went back and forth in the beginning with each team playing great defense. Chelsea goalkeeper Payton Doan was outstanding in net stopping everything shot her way. Her teammates helped her out making good clears and Gabbie Wink made an excellent player save. With less than 5 minutes to play in the first period, Saline’s Kaleigh Riggs was able to score on a penalty corner with a great shot from the circle.
Chelsea would fight and grind right down to the wire but was unable to capitalize. Riggs goal was the only one scored and would send Saline to the second round of the playoffs and ended Chelsea’s season. Doan faced 14 shots making 13 great saves.
Chelsea will graduate 6 very skilled seniors who contributed a lot to the team in their time there. Chelsea will look to reload for next season with a very good group of players coming up and the players on this year’s team will return with much experience under their belt.