August 29, 2008
By John Philip Wyllie
Bonita Vista High senior, Kristin Estrada is listed on the Barons field hockey roster as a midfielder, but she will be running over just about every inch of the field this season. First exposed to the sport as a freshman, she has improved over the last three years and has developed into one of Bonita’s finest players.
“I started off playing just softball. Then I learned about field hockey as a freshman through a friend. Now I enjoy playing both sports. I have been on the varsity field hockey team since my sophomore year. I played forward and midfielder last year and I had about three or four goals,” Estrada said.
Her coach has an expanded role in mind for her this season.
“Kristin is a real fireplug out here. She gets the nitty gritty things done and she is a very physical player. This season, I am expecting her to focus more on defense, find their most dangerous player and shut her down. I will be looking to her to get the detailed things done. She is right up there with our other experienced players and I see her blending in as one of the top players on this team. She will be a great asset to our team on offense and on defense,” said new Baron coach, Ernesto Luna.
Luna, who coached the last five years at Mira Mesa High, is pleased with what he has seen so far.
This year’s captains include forward Carly Schoch, a Junior Olympics Developmental player, midfielder/defender, Laura Ooi, midfielder Casey Lockey and defender Shelby Giese. The team is coming together under Luna’s watchful eye and their on the field leadership.
“Ernesto is a really good coach,” Estrada said. “He has had us doing a lot of running and drills and that has helped us with our endurance. He has also helped us with our stick work. He handles his business, but we have fun doing it.”
Field hockey is definitely not for wimps.
“Field hockey is really competitive,” Estrada said. “I got hit in the eye once and I have been hit on my legs a lot of times. I think we probably run about three or four miles every game, but it keeps me in good shape and it is fun.”
Luna has high hopes for the season.
“We are going to compete in league and since we are in Division II this season I see us getting into the playoffs and hopefully going deep into them. These girls started out at one place but our technique and tactical skills have been progressing rapidly since then. We have only been playing a few weeks, but we have already come a long way.”
While this will be her last year of high school athletics, Estrada would like to continue playing in college. Whether it will be in softball, or field hockey remains to be seen.