She got better in a hurry, and almost two years after being cut, she showed her resilience when Conestoga coach Meg Ryan selected her as the team's lone freshman. Ryan said Ross had "everything we look for in varsity player."
Ross has 14 goals in 15 games and is one of the area's top freshman players. She has scored twice in four games and has fit in nicely on a team of mostly upperclassmen.
After being cut, Ross joined the Eagles training program that fall, made an Eagles team the following spring, and rose to the top team a year after being cut.
Ross had played field hockey since the first grade, but the game never moved as fast as it did during that first WC Eagles tryout. Players subbed without coaches, and the game relied on quick stick work. Ross said she "got crushed."
"It helped me continue to work and never back down," Ross said.
A few weeks before the family was to travel this summer to Sea Isle City, Krista Ross realized that Conestoga tryouts were to be held just one week after their vacation.
"Not exactly the best timing," she thought.
But there was her daughter, starting the morning with five-mile runs and carrying her stick to a nearby park. Ross made a checklist for herself and kept busy on vacation.
She was out to make sure her first high school tryout would be nothing like that indoor one.
"I was nervous, but I was also excited," Ross said. "I really wanted to make varsity as a freshman."
Making varsity was the capstone to Ross' terrific summer after she helped the Eagles capture the under-14 national title in July.
"She showed that she wanted this," Ryan said. "She showed the speed. She showed the skills."
She beats defenders with her speed, chasing long balls down the sideline and moving back toward the center of the field.
Ross had two goals Saturday as Conestoga rallied for a 3-2 win at Downingtown West.
Her first goal, which tied the score midway through the second half, came just after the Conestoga JV team moved to the sidelines after wrapping up a game on an adjacent field.
That is the team Ross likely would have been on if she did not impress in the August tryout. She picked the ball out of the cage and high-fived a teammate as the JV team cheered her name and her mother and father, Randy, watched from the bleachers.
No longer did they need to worry what they had done to their daughter.