Five Lady Bulldogs make all-state
Published 9:58 pm Thursday, June 15, 2017
King’s Fork High School’s girls’ soccer team placed five players on the 4A All-State teams.
The accolades continue to pour in for the King’s Fork girls soccer team after a remarkable season. Three seniors — Cydney Nichols, Rebecca Washburn and Skylar Wall — were all named to the first team. Ashley Bido and Hannah Marston made the second team.
This is Nichols’ second consecutive appearance on the 4A All-State team. For her senior year, she also made the 4A All-State team back in March for basketball as well. This year she also became the all-time leader in goals at King’s Fork and led South Hampton Roads in goals scored.
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“This is an honor,” Nichols said. “My teammates and I worked so hard for it. So, for all of us being recognized for this is amazing. I played with a group of girls I consider my family. This season was truly a blessing.”
Washburn played through injuries for most of the season but still found a way to make an impact for the Lady Bulldogs. Like Nichols, Washburn is happy that she and the rest of her teammates are being recognized for being such a strong team. For Wall, one of her goals this year was to make either All-State team, and she accomplished that.
“It’s amazing to see myself and teammates being rewarded,” Washburn said. “Many of our players were awarded at every level of competition that we played in.”
Bido excelled as a defender on the team to help utilize the team’s best players. Marston did a solid job for the Lady Bulldogs as a midfielder. Both Bido and Marston will be returning next season for King’s Fork.
King’s Fork had at least four players recognized this season on the All-Conference, All-Region and All-State teams. Each player that made the All-State teams was a part of those other teams as well. They also became the first Suffolk Public Schools girls’ soccer team to reach the state tournament. The Lady Bulldogs season ended after a quadruple overtime loss to Jefferson Forest, who eventually went on to be the state champions.
“This season was such a great experience,” Washburn said. “The game was tough and hard fought on both sides. It was unfortunate we couldn’t continue in the tournament, but I am proud of my team. We stepped up our game this season and competed for everything.”