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Oct 14, 2021

Saint John Vianney Field Hockey Breaks into 2021 With Upset Victory

Katarina Villa scored two goals for the Lancers.

The Saint John Vianney field hockey squad faced a daunting task in their first game of the season. They were facing off with Red Bank Catholic, a Shore Conference top 10 team in the preseason rankings, and the match was contested on RBC’s Count Basie Field.

The Lancers were unranked but boasted six returning starters from a team that went 10-3 in 2020. The strength of the squad was in the level of experience across the roster. It proved sufficient to down the Caseys by a lopsided 5-1 tally.

Junior forward Cat Schienvar scored the first goal of the season with 4:13 remaining in the first quarter. By halftime, SJV looked to have the victory in hand with a 3-0 advantage on second quarter goals by juniors Katarina Villa and Fiona Drew.  

Schienvar and Villa both finished the day with two goals and an assist added to their resumes. Drew put up one goal and one assist, and Maddie Zeto was credited with a pair of assists.  

Villa was the sparkplug of the game, making several steals and directing traffic on the run. “Villa is a force to be reckoned with on the field,” stated fourth-year Head Coach Amanda Westerweller. “Her work ethic and commitment are unmatched, and she is just constantly after the ball. She has a tough tackle, and her dribbling skills make her a force. The leadership she has shown this season has been integral to our success as a team. We can’t wait to see what she can do moving forward.”

Westerweller added, “Cat is a tenacious forward who is dangerous in the circle. [Drew is] reliable to finish anything heading toward the opposite post, and Maddie Zeto is an aggressive forward who will do what it takes to keep the ball in the circle and put it on cage.” 

The defense was led by four-year starter Juliana Fernandez. Defender Olivia Militello came up with some big plays as well. Goalkeeper Julia Anderson recorded two saves and will split duties with Taylor Schlein during the season.

Westerweller pointed out that sophomore midfielder Ava Falcone has been an impactful player who will continue to improve. 

“I am also expecting big things from juniors Isabella Masso, Katelyn Boyer, Adriana Piperno, Katerina Karandrikas, Lizaveta Slootskaya and freshman Kelly Trainor as we move forward this season,” she stated. “I’m incredibly proud of how the team showed up into this game. They proved that this year, we really have the chance to do something special. Our large junior class has always shown a commitment to this team and will keep impacting the program positively as they rise to fulfill the gaps left by our graduating class. Seniors Shannon Smith and Juliana Fernandez have done an incredible job making sure that each player is on the same page and focusing each practice. Each and every member of the team has been working so hard at both their academics and athletics. We love to see it paying off for them.”