Four players from Torrey Pines High School helped the San Diego Rush field hockey team to the Under 19 California state championship recently at Moorpark College near Los Angeles.
Junior Clare Young and sophomores Farah Farjood, Gabi Jimenez and Shannon Yogerst were part of a 14-player squad that swept through Cal Cup undefeated including an edge-your-seat title game victory over three-time defending champion San Diego Short Corner.
Rush head coach Brian Schledorn decided to divide his travel team in half for the state tourney. His college-bound seniors (including Grace Trupe and Alie Zimmer from Torrey Pines and Gabi De Petro from Canyon Crest) and most of the juniors played in the college division.
Meanwhile the underclassman – mostly sophomores and freshmen – competed at U19 against the best high school clubs in California. They easily won their pool to earn a quarterfinal berth, Farjood and Jimenez anchoring a defense that allowed just one goal, and both Young and Yogerst scoring goals. But nobody expected such a young team to advance farther, especially against older, more seasoned club teams and playing with only one substitute due to injuries.
Defying expectations, they beat Saratoga Impact 1-0 on a goal by Nina Randolph (LCC). Next up was Quicksilver Cats, the defending Bay Area CIF champs. Goalie Chelsea Bigelow (Westview) made several spectacular saves to keep Rush in the game and Yogerst blasted a ball past the Cats keeper with less than five minutes to play to notch the win.
The championship game was a back-and-forth affair that matched Rush’s speed and stick skills against Short Corner’s size, strength and experience. Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, the game and state title was decided on penalty strokes, Rush prevailing 3-1.