Ford, a midfielder, is one of the key players for head coach Kris Auer’s squad. Mission Bay came into action this week at 1-2.
According to Auer, Ford has brought much needed consistency to her position.
“On the field, Sam brings consistency, effort, and a touch of quality to start our set plays (called short corners),” Auer noted. “As a teammate, Sam is a good role model who leads by example. She is fearless and a hard worker.
“As a coach, I would like to see her enjoy her senior year. She has worked very hard to be in her position. It’s time to reap the fruits of her labor.”
Beach & Bay Press recently caught up with Ford for an interview.
BBP: How did you get started playing field hockey and what has the experience been like?
Ford: I had a couple of friends on the team and decided to give field hockey a try my freshman year.
BBP: What are some highlights for you the last three years playing field hockey at Mission Bay High School? What are your goals you'd like to accomplish for your senior year?
Ford: My highlights are definitely the people I’ve met in the program. I have made some really great connections and lifelong friends. In addition, I have improved as an athlete tremendously in my four years.
BBP: How has the program grown during your time playing there?
Ford: The program has increased to include almost 40 athletes. Steadily, more people have wanted to be a part of this program.
BBP: Do you have college plans and might they include field hockey?
Ford: My college plans include applying to UC schools and majoring in engineering. I would love to continue playing field hockey in college.
BBP: What advice would you have for any young girls thinking of coming out for the team next season?
Ford: My advice for young people entering this board would be to put yourself out there. Never be afraid to take risks and try something different.
Ford and her teammates will finish out the September schedule with dates against El Capitan High (Sept. 20), at Olympian High (Sept. 25) and Santana High (Sept. 27).