Perse hockey team hold nerve to reach East finals after penalty shootout
The Perse girls’ hockey first XI overcame an early setback to book their place in the East regional finals of the Investec Schools Cup in nail-biting fashion.
Having won the Cambridgeshire schools’ title last month, they lost their first group match 4-0 to Framlingham College in their eastern qualifying round tournament at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.
However, The Perse bounced back by beating Langley School 2-0 with two goals in quick succession from Elizabeth Townsend and Libby Gower Isaac to finish second in the pool.
It set up a crossover game against the winners of the other group, Queenswood School, knowing victory would put them through to the regional finals.
Although Queenswood took the lead from a penalty corner, captain Anna Traherne scored a wonderful individual goal to clinch a 1-1 draw and send the game into a penalty shootout.
Elizabeth Townsend, Freia Gould and Anna Traherne all went on to hit the target as The Perse ran out 3-1 winners on penalty strokes to earn a spot in the regional finals on 23 November.
Assistant Director of Sport and Head of Hockey Jon Peckett was delighted with the team’s display.
He said: “Everybody worked very hard and they kept their nerve really well to win on penalty strokes.”