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2019 USAFH U-14 National Indoor Champions!

By Benjamin Peters, 03/09/19, 4:15PM EST


2019 U-14 Undefeated National Champions!

U-14's won the first USAFH Indoor National Championship in Western PA history.

2019 U-14 National Champions

Top Row: Coach Ben, Jordan Ashbaugh, Abby Hersberger, Danielle Deer, Savannah Koscko, Sophia Hersberger, Kaylee Gryboski, Coach Jenna, Bottom Row: Lilianna Rose, Callie Rautenbach , Mia Brinkley, Julia DeFoggia, Ava Hersberger

On February 16th 2019 our U-14 Indoor team participated in the USA Field Hockey National Indoor Tournament. This was our second year at Nationals after 5th place in 2018, we were ready for the battle this year. With a confident opening 3-0 win with goals from Callie Rautenbauch, Savannah Koschko & assistant captain Ava Hersberger against Texas Pride, the U-14's ended day 1 on top of the table tied with Field Hockey Life (Ohio).

Day 2 had more of the same excitement as they dispatched Spirit of the USA (New Jersey) with another 3-0 Shutout from GK Jordan Ashbaugh, Captain Julia Defoggia got on the scoreboard with another 2 goal performance from Ava Hersberger. Lanco Premier (PA) gave us a tougher game but another 2 goal effort by Ava and Short Corner specialist Abby Hersberger scoring we held them to one goal and got the 3 points in a 3-1 victory. With that, we ended Day 2 alone atop the table with our destiny in our hands.

FHL put up a fight but our defence stayed strong and the system worked as the Captains Julia & Ava scored one apiece and Ashbaugh shut out another team to get us the 2-0 win. Headed into the 5th and final game of the tournament we were confident and showed it conceding only the second goal of the tournament and getting a Hat-Trick from Ava Hersberger as we wrapped up 2019 Nationals with a 5-1 victory over Mystx Bombers to secure the National Championship!


A dominating 5-0-0 ,16 GF,  2 GA, undefeated run to win the 2019 USAFH Pool DD National Championship which is a historic first for not only Venom but the entire western PA region. Defensive standouts Goalkeeper Jordan Ashbaugh had 3 shutouts and only 2 Goals Against & Danielle Deer who earned player of the tournament for her leadership in the backfield was crucial to our Championship as well as top goalscorer with one hat-trick Ava Hersberger (9).


  Goals Shutouts
9. Julia DeFoggia (C) 3  
92. Jordan Ashbaugh (GK)   3
12. Ava Hersberger (A) 9  
10. Kaylee Gryboski    
81. Danielle Deer    
83. Abby Hershberger 2  
32. Savannah Koscho 1  
21. Callie Rautenbach 1  
14. Sophia Hersberger    
15. Mia Brinkley    
33. Liliana Rose