Indian River field hockey improving upon last year

The Indian River High School girls’ field hockey team may not have a winning record this year so far, but their improvement in play from last year is obvious. Currently sitting at 1-7 on the season, the Lady Indians have been able to remain competitive with every team they have faced, which can’t necessarily be said of last year’s squad.

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: An Indian River player battles over possesion of the ball against a Worcester Prep player on Thursday, Sept. 26.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: An Indian River player battles over possesion of the ball against a Worcester Prep player on Thursday, Sept. 26.In just eight games, the girls have already scored 10 goals. In 15 games in 2012, the team only managed four goals, losing multiple games by eight goals, and losing to Polytech High School by nine goals. The girls’ worst loss this year so far was against Polytech again, but they only lost that game by four.

Their one win so far this season was impressive, dominating Sussex Central 6-0 on Sept. 17 on the road. Sophomore Sarah King got the scoring going early for IR in the first half, with junior Sarah Buchler and freshman Madison McGee tacking on goals shortly afterwards.

In the second half, Buchler kept the offensive attack going, adding two more goals before the end of the game. Junior Gabriella Kohr also scored in the half.

The girls were set to head to Seaford High School on Thursday, Oct. 3, after Coastal Point press time. Next week, they’ll travel up to Milford to face the Lady Bucs on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m.

Seaford was one of the team’s two wins last season. However, Milford proved to be a tough matchup up for last year’s squad, with a 6-0 loss.