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Eagles beat Leland in field hockey for first division win

It was a landmark week for the Los Altos High field hockey team.

The Eagles not only picked up their first win of the season in the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division – they scored their first goal in league play. Visiting Los Altos edged Leland 1-0 Oct. 9.

The game capped the first half of the league season for the Eagles, who improved to 1-6 in the difficult division.

“To be honest, it’s been a very challenging season,” Los Altos coach Mary Donahue said. “Our team is very inexperienced.”

Although the Eagles have four seniors, Donahue noted that only two of them entered the season with varsity experience and one is new to the sport. The junior-varsity squad has just one player, a sophomore goalie, who played field hockey prior to this year.

“All that having been said, the progress the girls on both teams have made is really remarkable,” Donahue said. “We played both Presentation and Saratoga to 0-1 losses, and could have taken either game.”

After playing what the coach called “our best hockey games by far since the season started,” in close losses to Mitty Oct. 4, the varsity and JV both beat Leland.

Midfielder Kira Winner scored the decisive goal in the varsity victory and goalie Audrey Miller-Foreman earned the shutout.

Winner and co-captain Miller-Foreman are “standout juniors who are really the core of our varsity team,” Donahue said. “These two players have really done wonders keeping the middle of the field under control as we face the high-powered teams in the Mount Hamilton Division.”

Although Los Altos lost its next game – 6-0 at St. Francis Thursday – the coach is convinced her program will improve in the second half of league.

“I think we will see some more wins and continual improvement in play and results from both (of our) teams,” Donahue said.

The Eagles (3-8 overall) are set to visit Gilroy 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

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