Field Hockey SPC Review

Ali Ammons

Going into SPC this year, the  varsity girls field hockey team was apprehensive but hopeful. At South Zone, the Kinkaid girls played St. John’s, one of the best teams and their biggest rivals. Considering St. John’s standing as one the strongest teams, the game was a good indicator of what place the team would most likely receive at SPC. During the match, they placed second to their rivals, but they lost only by one point 1-2.

Even though they lost South Zone, the team was still determined to win SPC. They kicked off the conference with a game against Hockaday. After the first half of the game, Kinkaid and Hockaday were tied 1-1 but within the first ten minutes of the second half of the game, Hockaday scored. With twenty two minutes left the girls tried to fight back and score, but they fell short.

This loss led them to a game where they would fight for fifth place against Greenhill. The Falcons were the first to score but five minutes into the first half Greenhill scored tying the game up. With 9 minutes 30 seconds left in the second half, Greenhill scored making the score 1-2. Even though they were down by one point the team did not give up and kept fighting. At a minute and half left in the game the Falcons got a conner. Nina Wells (11) took the corner, dived for the ball, and hit the goal post tipping the ball in and scoring which took the girls into overtime. They played a total of ten minutes of overtime. After the ten minutes, the game was still tied up, so they went to penalty strokes. During the tenth penalty stroke Greenhill scored making the overall score 2 -3 and winning 5th place.

Overall, the girls felt like SPC did not go as well as they would have hoped. Their major fault was that they underestimated the northern teams. Despite their loss, the girls remain hopeful that next year will bring them better luck. They have a continued hope that they will be able to bring home an SPC championship and since the team consists of a lot of skilled underclassmen players their hope may just turn into reality next year.