This spring we have been training to compete at the 2017 NFHCA Top Recruit Spring Fling Showcase. Our Showcase team has been getting together on Tuesday afternoons to train together to prepare for the Spring Fling in Richmond, VA where hundreds of College Coaches attend to recruit uncommitted athletes to play at the NCAA level.
The weekend started off under severe thunderstorms as there was the Shot Stoppers Goalkeeping Showcase as well as grade-specific Showcase games made of top recruits from all the clubs attending.
The weather broke overnight and Tournament play started on Saturday morning. Our first game was against Mid-Jersey Knights, we came bursting out of the gates scoring early and taking control of the ball in the offensive zone. After 50 minutes of great play and a goal line save from the Defense we ended with 5 goals to 0 starting off the first game with a win. The second game of the day played out as strong as the first. With some great defensive plays to send us on counter attacks, we put 4 goals past Focus whilst keeping our Shutout streak going. The last game of the day was against the other unbeaten team in our pool, Coastal FHC. The game started off fast and competitive. With the ball travelling from end to end as we shared blows with each team hitting the post to send the ball wide. After an unlucky injury to Defensemen Emily Anderson, which sidelined her for the rest of the game with a stick to the back of the hand, the team rallied and pushed the play harder down towards their end. As we upped the tempo Coastal fought back forcing Goalkeeper Emma Jorgensen to step-up and make some crucial diving saves. The game ended scoreless giving us our first Tie to end play on Saturday.
Sunday started early as we had the first game of the day. With a much needed nights rest we got ready to keep up the momentum. Undertow was our first game of the day and everyone came together on the field to show the Scouts what talent we have in pittsburgh. Forward Sarah Metzmaier acheiving one of her multiples Hat-Tricks of the tournament we scored 7 goals on the way to our 4th Shutout of the weekend. Rebels rounded out our pool play on Sunday. As a perfect gift for all the Mothers of Venom we ended the tournament perfect. Another strong 5 goals from our attacking corps. The entire team came together this weekend to show the country what Pittsburgh is made of! We ended the weekend with the best record on our pool 4W-0L-1T with 21 Goals For. a complete Tournament Shutout 0 Goals against to win Venom's first Tournament. Once all play ended on Sunday we had the 2nd best record of all participating teams at the Showcase.
A big Thank You to Honorary Venom Club Members Vivian Cavanaugh, Claire Flannery, Kelly Rose, April Kim and Ashley Kim (Yale) for joining us this weekend and making this the best tournament possible, we hope to see you join us in the future either on the sideline with us or on the field competing.
After another successful Spring Fling we are looking forward to the future and our next Showcase, we will be registering for NFHCA Winter Escape in Sanford, FL January 12-14th 2018. If you would like to join us please join our Mailing list and we will announce when registration will begin.
LETS GO VENOM!
Rain rain go away Venom was here to stay! This past weekend Pittsburgh venom field hockey club traveled to Lockhaven university. Although were challenged in more ways than one out U 19 team came out on top placing fifth overall. Despite the weather conditions we were faced with venom rose to the occasion and had six shut out games and three players with hat tricks. U19 team was able to have strong ball control, possession and a strong finish to the tournament which made them successful. Our U16 and U14 teams were right behind them with off ball movement and looking for the pockets of space and finishing with the ball in the net. Although across-the-board we need to work on team communication that's a small improvement to be made compared to the great feats that were accomplished this past weekend. A big thank you goes out to the great parents who battled the rain set up tents, fed our troops, and once again showed true" venom family".