Athlete of the Month: Avery Peterson

When Avery Peterson ’17, co-captain of the PHS field hockey team, first stepped onto the JW field hockey field, little did she know that she would one day be the lead scorer in the county.

“Throughout my whole childhood, I did a ton of sports, and I really liked getting out on the field and running around … I found myself really enjoying field hockey and I … knew this was the sport for me,” Peterson said.

Starting with club sports, she increased her level of competition and honed her skills over the years. From the very beginning of her career, she has played a crucial position on the field as a forward, helping her lead the team to many victories this season.

“I have been a forward ever since I can remember. I like the aspects of being that person that puts the ball in the back of the cage and the one the team relies on. I really enjoy working with the midfielders, and I like how I am the last one to touch the ball.”

During her freshman year, Peterson was one of four girls from her class to make the varsity team. Over her four years at PHS, Peterson has grown into a leader and sets an example for the underclassmen.

Head Coach Heather Serverson has seen Peterson develop into the confident captain she is today.

“Her ability to score goals, set other players up to score, and her ability to accurately analyze gameplay is what makes her stand out,” Serverson said. “Her advanced skill set that she has worked year-round each season to develop and improve … has played a big part in her confidence and poise on the field as a captain.”

Co-Captain and midfielder Jordyn Cane ’17 has played with Peterson since sixth grade and has competed against her at the club level as well.

“Avery is all around a great teammate. She’s very skilled and is our point leader [goals and assists]. She is a co-captain and is very dedicated to the team both on and off the field,” Cane said. “She steps up as a leader, but in a very calm and collected way. She has been a pleasure to play with for the last few years.”

Kennedy Corrado ’17, a forward with Peterson, has always seen her teammate and classmate as a diligent player.

“[She] is one of the most hardworking people on the field and is really good at staying calm … That goes a long way on the field, and she has worked really hard to improve over the years and it has definitely shown,” Corrado said.

The PHS field hockey team is a very close-knit group of girls, and Peterson

is very happy to be a part of it. The team uses its friendship to become better.

“We know everyone’s strengths and weaknesses and how to build off of those and connect on a deeper level and have each others’ backs,” Peterson said.

Midfielder Gwen Koehler ’17 enjoys the team atmosphere that Peterson helps create.  

“We have a really good team dynamic, and it’s based on the fact we are all really good friends outside of field hockey, so we work well together on the field,” Koehler said.

Peterson hopes to prolong her high school career as long as possible by making a deep run into the Mercer County Tournament and the state tournament. However, that will not be the end, as Peterson is planning to continue her field hockey career as a member of the team at Haverford College.

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