With a 3-0 loss to Ephrata on Oct. 25, the Governor Mifflin girls' field hockey team ended its season with a 6-4 record in the Berks League, and a 9-10 overall record.
Leading the charge for the Lady Mustangs was senior Caroline Kallos, who was one of three players on her team (Dayne Martin and Courtney Marley are the others) who finished with over thirty points. The senior had 14 goals and eight assists, finishing with a total of 36 points for the regular season.
Head coach Jess Fluck said of Kallos, "Caroline's competitive spirit, intense work ethic and eye for the goal make her invaluable to the team. She carries the ball with strength and speed and controls the center of the field.'
The senior said that as the playoffs approached, the team had been working hard during the regular season conditioning and making sure that their fundamentals are sound so that they are prepared for whomever might come at them in the postseason.
Unfortunately, the district trek was just one game, still it was a good season for the Mustangs.
"Our main goal this season was to reach the county playoffs, which unfortunately, is a goal we didn't attain,' said Kallos. "However, I think as a team we stuck together and performed very well.'
Kallos noted that the team was very close-knit this season. She said, "I don't think I've been part of a team in which we've all been friends with absolutely no drama. It's been great.'
The senior said that she wanted to improve on her play from last season, and noted that she has done that, especially with the regular season numbers she put up. "My stick skills have gotten better,' Kallos noted, "and I've gotten a better understanding of the game.'
Kallos noted before the district game that the team felt a little pressure coming into the playoffs. "We definitely feel a little bit just to prove to everyone else that we can put on a better show in the playoffs, as opposed to what we did in the regular season, and continue that into our off-season.'
The senior said that there is a little bit more of a sense of responsibility for her given that she is one of the upperclassmen on the squad.
Other than that, Kallos noted, the team is just going with the flow, and seeing where that takes them.
With her unique individual performance this season (36 points), Kallos said she would attribute that to her hard work during the preseason, capitalizing on opportunities that present themselves, and creating plays to put herself in the right position for a goal or an assist.
The senior said she saw herself as a leader on the squad. Kallos said, "I keep a positive attitude and encourage my teammates and help them improve with all aspects of their respective game.'
As for her leadership style, Kallos commented, "I hope it's rubbing off on the underclassmen. We have a pretty good number of juniors on the team, so that will lead
to a slew of leaders on the team coming into next year. I hope some of them are learning things from me and the other seniors on the team as well.'