Five players from the Torrey Pines varsity squad helped the San Diego Rush club team win a gold medal in the Women’s Under 19 division of the National Field Hockey Festival in Florida over Thanksgiving week.
Seniors Alie Zimmer and Grace Trupe and sophomores Farah Farjood, Gabi Jimenez and Shannon Yogerst were part of team of 14 San Diego area players who accompanied Coach Brian Schledorn to West Palm Beach for the tourney.
Rush went undefeated (6-0) in winning highly competitive Pool J. Among their victories were upsets over No. 9 ranked Saints Hockey Rocks of Virginia (2-0) and No. 25 Cape Anne Coalition Red of Massachusetts (2-0). Rush went into the tourney ranked No. 46 nationally, but is now sure to move up into the top 20 or 30.
Jimenez (2 goals), Yogerst (2) and Zimmer (1) where part of a powerhouse Rush attack that also scored multiple times against teams from Maine, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Outside back Farjood and goalkeeper Trupe helped anchor a stingy defense that earned the tournament’s lowest goals-against average.
Clare Young of Torrey and Peyton Mowery of Cathedral Catholic were also on the Rush squad but unable to make the trip to Florida due to illness or injury. The team also included players from San Pasqual, Fallbrook, La Costa Canyon and Vista high schools.
Coastal Clash, the club team of Canyon Crest Academy, also traveled to Festival. They wound up sixth in Pool N with a record of one win, four losses and one tie.