Colonials Fall To Poquoson
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Aug 28, 2014, 20:37
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Entering their first game of the season a very young Colonials field hockey team had to face Poquoson High School, the second place finisher in their conference last season. So it was probably not a big surprise when Poquoson scored twice in the opening five minutes and went on for an 11-0 victory.
But despite the score all is not lost. Some teams, and especially some coaches, might say that they are in a building year when their numbers are down or if they have an abundance of young players. Coach Dan Pulskamp understands that when your team has no senior players and only three juniors, you will be spending a year or two developing varsity players who elsewhere might only play on a junior varsity squad.
“We are a very young team, mostly ninth and tenth graders. Some of the sophomores have some experience from last year, but none of the freshman did,” Pulskamp confided about his team. “We’re a year or two away from being competitive against a team like Poquoson.”
The good news is there has been a pretty good turnout. Once some players get back from vacation, Pulskamp expects to have 30 players, which will let him have a true junior varsity squad to help in the development of players.
The Colonials have not had a JV program in the past five years, he said.
In this game, the Colonials were pressured on defense from the start. Their difficulties were mostly due to midfield play, and the ability to get the ball out of the defensive third and up to their strikers. Even so, a few players stood out, such as forwards Casey Ridpath and Rebecca Barklow. On the defensive side, Lindsay Harris played well despite the final score.
“No coach is ever happy with losing, and losing big. The gulf between the teams is big,” Pulskamp said. “I’m excited to have had such a good turnout. We will be better this year than we were last year, and better next year than we are this year. At the start of last year we didn’t have enough players to put in any subs.”