The Lady Indians varsity field hockey team found out in their first week of play that what Coach Mark Fridenstine had been telling them was the truth. The varsity game’s play is much faster than JV. They were simply out hustled in losses to 3A Bruton, 6-0 on Monday here; 4-0 on Wednesday here against 3A New Kent; and Thursday 2-1 here against 3A Colonial Heights.
The Indians were strong in the first half, allowing only one goal but gave up five goals in the second. While the Lady Indians had a few break-aways in the game, they failed to capitalize on any of them as they were out-hustled by the veteran Bruton squad. The Northumberland coaching staff noted the play of goal tender Kendra Jett, Shelby Smithart and Jayna Bramblet.
New Kent has always had a strong team and this year’s is no exception. They scored three goals in the first half and one in the second. Coach Mark Fridenstine said the Indians picked up their play in the second half. Excellent play was by Corri Minor, Halllie Shackleford and Sara Wilson.
The game against Colonial Heights was a very even one with the Indians scoring their first goal in the closing minutes of the first half when Chloey O’Bier passed the ball to Araiana Hudson who knocked it into the Heights’ net. But they seemed to lose focus in the opening of the second period allowing the Heights to tie the game. The game remained tied and in the first overtime period, Colonial Heights scored to take the win. Noted for “good games” were Anna Jett, Emily Rice and Smithart.
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Lady Indians varsity field hockey gave it their all on the field.