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Chelsea Field Hockey’s Payton Doan Makes Top Players To Watch List In Nation

Payton Doan

National field hockey news source MAX Field Hockey announced that Chelsea Field Hockey’s Payton Doan is among the top 25 players to watch in the West/Mid-West Region for the 2017 High School season, as well as a top 150 “2019” Player to Watch in the nation.
Doan, a goalkeeper from Chelsea High School and two Midfield players from Huron High School in Ann Arbor represented Michigan in the top 25.  Doan was one of only three goalkeepers to be selected. The West/Mid-West Region encompasses California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.

“Payton is a skilled goalkeeper and was awarded a 2016 regional award and also earned First Team Division 1 in Michigan in 2015 and 2016,” says Chelsea Field Hockey Head Coach Leslie Fry. “In addition to her goalkeeper skills, she has been a team leader, both on and off the field since her freshman year.”

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association awarded Doan the 2016 Midwest Region Team award to which Fry refers. Doan was a key element on Chelsea Field Hockey’s 2015 Division 1 Championship team that also earned State Championship Runner-Up. She starred in goal for her team getting 15 wins and 11 shutouts as a freshman in only her third year of playing competitive field hockey.

Since 2014, Doan has also been competing with  Pinnacle Field Hockey, an Ann Arbor-based club team. She has also been instrumental in the club achieving a top 20 U16 national ranking by the USA Field Hockey Association.

“Payton’s positivity and encouragement have allowed her teammates to work toward achieving their full potential on the field,” adds Chelsea Field Hockey Varsity Coach Casey Fry.

Doan not only excels on the field but off as she has a 3.96-grade point average (out of a possible 4.0) and will be applying for National Honor Society in the Spring. She also not only captains her field hockey team, she is Student Council Junior Class President at her school, plays JV Tennis, does Link crew, and is in Key Club.

“To be named to the Players to Watch List really puts my field hockey career in perspective,” the young goalkeeper stated happily. “My name is on that list because of all of my incredibly talented club and high school coaches and teammates, and the entire field hockey community who love the sport enough to inspire others to be the best they can be. My coaches and teammates, both high school and club, continuously support, push, and grow my love for the game, so it is to them that I owe the thanks for my name on those lists.”
For more information on Chelsea Field Hockey, go to chelseafieldhockey.org.

 

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Ohio State Field Hockey Battles Back For 5-5 Tie

DSC_5243The Ohio State Field Hockey Team had a bit of a rough season last year, finishing with only 6 wins but several close losses. Many of their losses were by 1 goal. But there is much optimism in  Columbus this season with the addition of new head coach Jarred Martin, who was on the coaching staff for Duke University the last 10 years. And it seems to have paid off as the Buckeyes downed Ohio University in their first scrimmage 5-1. Two days later the Buckeyes fought back hard from a late deficit to battle their way to a 5-5 tie against Miami of Ohio.

The Redhawks struck first within the first minute of the game and on their first shot. The Buckeyes battled right back though under a blazing sun before a large crowd. They got a great opportunity on a penalty shot by All Big Ten and All Midwest senior Maddy Humphrey. Humphrey ripped a shot but it was stopped on the left side by Redhawk goalkeeper Maddie Passarella.

Humphrey came back shortly thereafter and set herself up by grabbing her own rebound and as she dove to the ground buried the ball into the back of the net to tie the game up. 2 minutes later it was Kelsey Nolan taking a pass from Caroline Rath and beating the Redhawks netminder to her right side giving the Buckeyes the lead.

The Redhawks scored two quick goals, one off a corner,  to take a 3-2 halftime lead. The Buckeyes came back strong and the game went back and forth after the half but the Scarlet and Gray found themselves down 5-3 with time running out.  With 7 and a half to go the Buckeyes were able to score off the corner, putting the ball over the goalkeeper’s right side to bring them within one.

With 3 and a half minutes left the Buckeyes pulled their goalkeeper hoping to gain the advantage. The Redhawks threatened to score on the empty net but the Buckeyes defense stood strong and was able to clear the ball upfield and threaten to score. But the Redhawks netminder made several outstanding saves.

But with only 23 seconds left the ball was fed to Junior midfielder Casey Cole who blasted a rocket of a shot past a sprawling Redhawk goalkeeper to bring the Buckeyes back and give them the tie.

The Buckeyes played a very good game in spite of the heat and Buckeye goalkeeper Liz Tamburro was very solid in net making several great saves. The Buckeyes will hit the road on Sunday, the 27th, and travel to take on Lehigh in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, then head home on Friday, September 1st for the first home game of the season against Louisville.

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Chelsea Field Hockey Finishes Season With Tough Loss

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.

 

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Chelsea Field Hockey Ends Regular Season, Honors Seniors

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Kyle Bragg tries to get past a Dexter defender

The Chelsea Field Hockey team finished off their regular season for 2016 with a couple close losses. On Wednesday they traveled to undefeated and top-ranked Dexter to face the Dreadnaughts on their senior night, and as soon as the game got underway, the Heavens exploded  with a cold, hard rain drenching both teams almost instantly. Both teams struggled on the soggy, slippery field as it was hard to find their grip. At one point in the game, it was so wet that Chelsea’s  Gabbie Noble’s stick slipped out of her hands and flew about 15 yards downfield to her left. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Dexter was able to take advantage of their home field advantage though and keep their unbeaten streak alive as they defeated the Bulldogs 5-0.

On Friday Chelsea played host to Ann Arbor Pioneer in their last regular season game. Chelsea honored their 6 seniors before the game. Madalyn Allen, Kathryn Beauchamp, Jackie Busch, Shaunna Caffrey, Taylor Freyre, and Gabbie Noble all were honored for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the game and team before the game. Each girl was given a handcrafted blanket designed just for them individually.

The Senior-laden and experienced Pioneer team were able to capitalize in the first half with two goals scored and added another in the second half as the 1 loss team edged Chelsea 3-0.

As the season ends on Tuesday, the 18th, Chelsea will have to wait to see who their competition will be in the first round of the playoffs.

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Pinckney Field Hockey Edged In Downpour

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In a battle of two field hockey teams in their inaugural seasons, it was Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard  defeating Pinckney in a very tough 3-1 game. In Pinckney, it was a very beautiful, warm fall evening until with about 3 minutes left in the first half the sky exploded with torrential rains. Both teams played through it though until the very end.

The Pirates put a lot of pressure on the Irish netminder early through the first half, and they struck first in the game when Molly Miller took a deflection and passed it out to Nicole Burcon who buried the ball to the right in the Irish goal. It was the Pinckney Field Hockey teams only second goal of its young existence.

The Pirates had several penalty corners in their advantage in the first half and were able to get many shots on goal. First half Pirate goalie Sam Smith stopped everything the Irish threw at her.

After halftime though, it was all Irish. They struck fast scoring on the first shot of the second half. In spite of the drenching rainstorms, both teams battled on and the Pirates put much pressure on the Irish but couldn’t get another score. The Irish would score twice more to seal the victory for them. The Pirates are still looking for their first victory as a team but it’s a very young team and is coming along very fine.

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Pinckney Coming Along Strong In Inagural Season Of Field Hockey

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The Pinckney Pirates faced off against the Clarkston Wolves under the lights in a cold downpour

It had rained for much of the part of the day in Pinckney leaving the Pirate football field very  wet and slippery but it had stopped shortly before the Pirates would host the Clarkson Wolves in field hockey. Both teams are in their inaugural seasons and neither team has a victory let alone had scored a goal on the season.

“We are a very inexperienced team,” Coach Alison Wink stated.  “Only 6 of our 24 girls on the team have even played field hockey. But they are a great group of girls and are very excited to play and are learning and improving every game.”

Just as the game started the Heavens decided to pour down a heavy, cold rain. Undeterred, Pinckney took control right away and moved the ball very well keeping it in Clarkston’s zone for much of the first half. Midway through the first half,the Wolves scored to appear their first goal but it was waved off because of a violation. The Pirates had 5 penalty corners in the first half but failed to capitalize while the Wolves had  4. Both defenses were very strong as they took a 0-0 tie into halftime.

After the 5 minute intermission, it was the Wolves that took control early as they dribbled the ball upfield quickly and scored the team’s first-ever goal in team history just 30 seconds into the half. But Pinckney battled back and just a little over halfway in the period it was the Pirates making history as they scored their first goal ever for the team to tie the game up 1-1. The score was created by a deflection and a beautiful pass from Molly Miller to Madison Stevens who buried the ball in the back of the net. The crowd and the girls all went crazy in excitement, and justifiably so.

With the game tied and both teams playing tough the Wolves capitalized with less than 7 minutes to go as they took a turnover and created an odd-man advantage as they carried down the left side of the field to net the go-ahead goal. Pinckney never gave up though and tried hard to battle back and put much pressure on the Wolves goaltender but it wasn’t enough as the Wolves won the game 2-1.

It was a night of first for both teams as Clarkston scored it’s first ever goal and achieved it’s first victory. Pinckney scored it’s first ever goal also and the team is headed in the right direction with lots of talent on it.

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Chelsea Field Hockey Shuts Out AAFGR 5-0

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Chelsea’s Annaliese Donahue celebrates a goal

After two tough, close losses the Chelsea Field Hockey team really needed a big victory. And they earned that today with a big 5-0 shutout victory against the Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard Irish at home. Chelsea started strong and controlled the ball and their tight defense didn’t even allow the Irish to even cross midfield for the first 10 minutes of the game. Chelsea peppered the goal with shots and kept much pressure on the Irish goalkeeper Anna Nalukwagu. Then at the 20-minute mark, Chelsea found the back of the net as Senior Captain Madalyn Allen lifted the ball to the right of the goal and  put Chelsea up 1-0.

Chelsea kept the pressure up and the defense would not allow any Irish player near the Chelsea end. At the 26 minute mark, it was Annaliese Donahue getting the ball into the Irish net with a great shot from the right of the goal. 3 minutes late Molly Latimer put Chelsea up 3-0 with a shot from the left side of the goal sending Chelsea into the half with a comfortable lead.

In the second half the Irish put on a little pressure but it wasn’t enough as the Chelsea defense would not allow any Irish player or anything near Chelsea goalkeeper Payton Doan, who was like the Maytag repairman, all alone for the game, so it seemed.

At the 10:30 mark of the second half it was Gabby Noble scoring her first goal ever to put Chelsea up 4-0 with a hard hit ball off a penalty corner, driven right down the middle of the field! With less than 8 minutes left in the game, Madalyn Allen put the icing on the cake with a final goal and her second of the game, as she shot it from the top of the circle.

The Chelsea defense did an outstanding job as Doan didn’t face a single shot in the game and the offense put 14 shots on the Irish goalkeeper. Chelsea also played a very clean game committing no fouls to draw any penalty corners while the Irish gave up 20 penalty corners.

Chelsea is 2-2 on the season and plays next this Thursday, the 1st, at Cranbrook-Kingswood at 4:30.

 

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