Lady Bulldogs win soccer title

Published 9:29 pm Thursday, May 18, 2017

King’s Fork High School’s girls’ soccer team defeated Wilson High School Wednesday at home to clinch the Conference 17 regular-season title.

An 8-0 shutout win for the Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday secured their third consecutive regular-season conference title. They went undefeated in conference play (5-0), and have been formidable against most of their competition.

“We have been playing much better; overall, I’ve been happy with how we’ve progressed and how engaged we have been,” Bulldogs coach Mike Marston said. “They are playing confidently and have remained consistent in all of their efforts.”

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In the middle of their season, the Lady Bulldogs were dealing with some injuries. They had to shuffle players around in different positions to accommodate for some of the player absences. Now, they are mostly healthy heading into the post-season.

Wednesday was Senior Day at King’s Fork, and 10 seniors were honored in their last regular-season home game. Marston says this senior group has helped transform the King’s Fork girls’ soccer program.

The Lady Bulldogs have qualified for regionals each year this senior class has been a part of the team. Before that, the team had never clinched a regional bid before.

“These girls were that shot in the arm to get the program going,” he said. “It has been an exciting ride with them. A little bit after mid-season these girls started hitting their stride and have been playing really well. They’ve done a lot for this program and have played highly entertaining soccer.”

Because of the regular-season title, the Lady Bulldogs clinched a regional bid. Marston thinks his team is more experienced this time around. Controlling emotions and making sure no situation is too big for them is what Marston feels will help his team.

“They have a confidence about them that helps them understand situations,” he said. “Our experience, talent and way we communicate as a team will contribute to whatever success we have in the post season.”

Senior Cydney Nichols set the school record this week for career goals. She has 107 and can add more in the post season.

King’s Fork will be the top seed for the Conference 17 tournament and is likely to hold that spot in the 4A East regional tournament.