Lady Bulldogs season ends after loss to Deep Creek

Published 9:31 pm Tuesday, October 25, 2016

King’s Fork High School’s field hockey team ended its season with a 5-2 loss in a conference tournament match Tuesday afternoon.

Postseason play has started for field hockey, which means a school’s season is in jeopardy each game they play. The Lady Bulldogs were the third seed in the 4A conference tournament at Powhatan Field at Old Dominion University and took on the No. 2 seed, Deep Creek High School.

For much of the game, it was back and forth, as Deep Creek led 2-1 at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs had multiple chances to put points on the board but couldn’t finish shot attempts they had within the circle. Coach Darcy Pinchbeck had some of her players playing new positions, so during the game the Lady Bulldogs were trying to get used to the formations they were playing.

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“They gave a good effort out there,” Pinchbeck said of her team. “They practiced hard and were prepared. We just didn’t finish as well as we wanted to out there.”

Though the score was 5-2, the Lady Bulldogs feel that it didn’t indicate how well they played or how close the game was throughout the afternoon. Isabella Gay and Megan Bailey were the two that scored for the Lady Bulldogs. Both players will be returning next year.

“I’m very proud of my girls,” Pinchbeck said. “We played some very good teams this year. Most of them have been good in hockey for years. Our program is slowly starting to get there. My girls never give up.”

Pinchbeck is looking forward to her returning players getting better during the offseason. Next year, she wants to improve the team’s conditioning so that they can make the plays they need to offensively and defensively. Pinchbeck is also proud of the play she got out of her younger players Tuesday afternoon, because the Lady Bulldogs will be losing six seniors this year.

“I look forward to players improving and us coming back even stronger next year,” Pinchbeck said. “We can learn from our mistakes this year and look forward to a better season next year.”