Bulldogs fall in season finale

Published 9:52 pm Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The visiting Denbigh High School boys’ soccer team wasted no time scoring on Tuesday, ultimately dealing King’s Fork High School a 2-0 defeat in the Bulldogs’ final regular season game.

The Patriots scored both of their goals in the first five minutes of the contest. King’s Fork head coach Michel Bilé said Denbigh had some good left-footed players, as each goal came from the left side and each came from outside the goal box.

King's Fork High School sophomore David Miller looks for an opening against visiting Denbigh High School during Tuesday's Senior Night game. The Patriots scored twice in the first five minutes. Though the Bulldogs' defense stiffened, they lost 2-0. King's Fork (4-10-1, 3-2) will begin the conference tournament on Tuesday against either Phoebus High School or Lakeland High School. (Caroline LaMagna photo)

King’s Fork High School sophomore David Miller looks for an opening against visiting Denbigh High School during Tuesday’s Senior Night game. The Patriots scored twice in the first five minutes. Though the Bulldogs’ defense stiffened, they lost 2-0. King’s Fork (4-10-1, 3-2) will begin the conference tournament on Tuesday against either Phoebus High School or Lakeland High School. (Caroline LaMagna photo)

Bilé was still pleased by the effort his team produced, however.

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“Overall, they played well,” he said.

He was frustrated, however, about the officiating, which he felt did not call different fouls that Denbigh was committing.

Another disputed call involving a red card will have ramifications for the Bulldogs entering next week’s conference tournament. Junior Hugh Long was the recipient, with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

Bilé hopes to appeal the decision, but outlined the consequences if it is not overturned.

“He’s going to miss the first tournament game, and he’s a master defender,” he said.

The coach highlighted other Bulldogs players who stepped up on Tuesday, despite the loss, including freshman Jean-Luc Ahouan. Bilé put him in on defense after the goals were scored, and he was quite effective.

“This is one of the best games I think he’s had,” Bilé said.

He also praised the defensive play of junior Cole Bailey.

King’s Fork was forced to play without sophomores Kenwood Harris and Tathan Bennett because they had to supplement the Bulldogs’ under-manned junior varsity squad on the same night.

The Bulldogs (4-10-1, 3-2) face either Phoebus High School or Lakeland High School on Tuesday.