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Field hockey team caps dramatic turnaround to finish unbeaten

On the 30th anniversary of the first undefeated field hockey season in school history, this year’s Independence team added another in the sport. The Patriots recorded seven shutouts in 10 games on the way to a 7-0-3 record.

“To be successful, you must learn to have a strong mental game, work hard and be a team player,” said Michelle Walch, who just completed her third year as field hockey head coach. “Our Independence field hockey team mastered these skill sets and prevailed during the 2019 season.”

The Patriots concluded the season with a plus-17 goal differential behind 20 goals scored and just three allowed, and they never surrendered more than one goal in any game this fall. Seventh grader Katie powered the offense by scoring half of Independence’s goals and assisting another four.

The 2019 campaign marked an impressive, dramatic turnaround on both sides of the ball for Walch’s program, which, only a year ago, finished with one win and netted only two goals in eight games.

The strong fall campaign for Patriot Athletics also saw a pair of teams – boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball – amass matching 6-3 records and both the cross country boys and girls garner third-place finishes at the Delaware Independent Schools Conference Championship.

The boys’ soccer squad concluded the fall with four shutout victories, while volleyball registered four sweeps and rebounded nicely from a challenging one-win campaign of its own last fall.