During the off season, Middletown High School South field hockey Head Coach Jordan Hickman reported to media outlets that she was unsure of the 2022 season. The seventh-year coach explained that the roster would be filled with many young and untested players.
Hickman would have needed a crystal ball to predict the squad would cruise through the first four games undefeated with 12 of the 19 goals coming from sophomores.
Junior Makenna Blozen leads the team in scoring with five goals and two assists. Fledgling sophomores Kathryn Doyle (five goals, one assist), Avery Lassman (four goals, three assists) and Caroline Bedetti (three goals, three assists) have provided the bulk of the offense. Also scoring for the Eagles are juniors Sabrina Kirk (one goal, three assists) and Sophia Quintano (one goal, two assists).
“Makenna is a stud,” Coach Hickman said. “She’s skilled and fun to watch, and I’m sure will be getting a ton of attention as the season progresses. Someone who I think has really developed over the last year is Caroline Bedetti. I think this will be her breakout season. She’s patient and resilient and never stops hustling.”
The South defense has been solid. The team started the season with three shutouts and has allowed only a single goal over four games.
“On the defensive end, Sabrina Kirk is absolutely crushing it,” Hickman said. “She’s involved in pretty much every play offensively and defensively. She is a workhorse.
“We’re a young team with a ton of potential to grow and be successful. The girls have a strong bond on and off of the field. The forwards are scoring, the midfielders are the glue, and the defense is keeping the ball out of the defensive circle. Right now we’re really working on consistency and game flow. There are glimpses of greatness, so once we find the rhythm and really get in the groove, I think the possibilities are endless for this team.”