Risin into Fall: Girls Field Hockey

Sophia McCandlish and Peter Barbato

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With the addition of new head coach Jenner Johnson, field hockey looks to build on last year’s late season success with change.

This season marks the third season of field hockey at ETHS, and Johnson looks to put her stamp on the program.

“Since we are a new program with a lot of young and inexperienced players, we may not be the most skilled team, but we will play with the most intensity,” Johnson said. “I also like to simply tell players to ‘make your team win.’ By that I mean do the little things. You don’t have to score goals for me to know the contribution you are making, and I think the players need to be reminded of that.”

But because the team is just beginning to gear up for season, Johnson doesn’t know what to expect when it comes to the players. In spite of that, her coaching mentality stays the same no matter where she brings her expertise. 

“My philosophy as a coach is that we will strive to work harder and play smarter than any other team,” Johnson explains.

Johnson was hired as last year’s season was coming to a close. She brings experience from coaching at a private school in New York for two years as well as playing Division I field hockey for the University of Michigan.

“I am both thrilled and honored to be building the field hockey program to the same level as the other sports in Evanston’s tradition rich athletic program,” Johnson said. “I can’t wait to get started working with the young women who come out for the team.”

The Kits’ look to start their season on the right foot as enter Stevenson territory on Aug. 27 at 6:15.