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KG Foxes varsity field hockey still going strong

The Foxes varsity field hockey team continues to maintain a potential conference championship run against first place Chancellor. The Foxes’ only losses have come at the hands of the defending state champions and conference rival, Chargers and James Monroe.

On Monday, Sept. 16, the Foxes lost a non-conference game to the James Monroe Yellow Jackets, 7-1. “We came out flat/uninspired,” Foxes head coach Debra Garcia said. “We didn’t take advantage of opportunities whereas JM did. We expect a better performance the next time we play them at home in October.”
Interestingly, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Chargers during the week, 1-0.

During the game against the Chargers, the Foxes held them to 2-0 in the first half, which is something the Foxes have never done before. Of the two goals scored in the first half, one was a penalty stroke, and the other came from a corner after time had expired. Starting goal keeper, Carly Lindstrom had 29 saves.

Last year, the Chargers defeated the Foxes 10-0, with the majority of the goals scored in the first half.

“Overall, I am pleased with how we are doing so far in the season, and how the team has become very tight like a family,” Garcia said. “We are committed to learning new skills and strategies—and embracing new ideas. “Yes, we had to struggle with JM, but I think we had become a little complacent at that point. What we had been doing worked pretty well with other teams until that game.”

The Yellow Jacket loss may have a silver lining, as the Foxes now realize they have to step up their game, and think more strategically to compete with high level teams. “As we approach the second half of the season, we need to use what we learned and accomplished from this tough week to give us a good standing in the conference tournament.”

Monday night results
In the face of missing four key players to illness, and injuries, the Foxes defeated Spotsylvania 1-0 (penalty strokes 3-0) in overtime. Tied after a 15-minute overtime, both teams attempted penalty strokes. As the Foxes scored three points, the Knights were held scoreless.

Penalty strokes were scored by the following players: Maure Buckley, Shelby King, and Meghan Yanchulis.
The Foxes will host Spotsylvania in their final home game of the season. On Wednesday, the Foxes will travel to play Eastern View.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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