Lady Bulldogs ready for unfinished business

Published 9:28 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The King’s Fork High School girls’ soccer team hopes to attend to some unfinished business during the 2017 season.

After having a successful season last year and then losing in the regional semifinals, the Lady Bulldogs are on a mission this year. Coach Mike Marston believes his team is solid this year and has a chance to make a run to a state championship game.

“If everybody plays their role and is committed to each other, I think we have a chance to win states,” Marston said. “Coming off last year, we all felt that we had some unfinished business. We were one game out of states, which would have been a first in school history.”

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Last season, King’s Fork lost 2-1 to Courtland in overtime in the 4A East regional semifinals. The team has 10 seniors returning this year. In Marston’s third year as head coach, he feels this is the most depth he has had on any team.

Skylar Wall returns as a second-team all-state selection for the King’s Fork girls’ soccer team this year. The Lady Bulldogs are expected to return a strong team this year. Last year, their season ended in 4A East regional play.
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The Lady Bulldogs have three players returning who were All-State selections last year. Rebecca Washburn and Skylar Wall will be returning as well as Cydney Nichols. Additionally, King’s Fork will have Alyssa Vick, Hannah Marston and Ashley Bido returning. Vick and Bido received All-Conference 27 awards last year.

Marston believes that his team this season is very well balanced. The players that are expected to be significant contributors for the Lady Bulldogs this year are spread out across the field. There is no one strong position for King’s Fork, as they have talent at various positions.

“The senior and junior class together have a ton of experience,” Marston said. “They’ve been playing club or school ball for almost a decade. They definitely understand that as a group they are expected to lead and have accepted that responsibility. It is really helpful as a coach that we can share that kind of responsibility with the players this year.”

King’s Fork will be on the road to take on Indian River at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

“Stepping out on the field with the girls, you can feel the excitement,” Marston said. “They’ve worked hard throughout the winter conditioning. The spring and optimism of each makes each season exciting. Everyone has come back very committed.”