The field hockey team will play Kinkaid at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 on Falcon turf. With both the Mavericks and Kinkaid undefeated in the league, the game will be heated.
“This game is our most important game of the season because it determines which team is going to be first seed in South Zone going into SPC,” captain senior Paige Albert said.
SJS has beaten Kinkaid twice this season.
“Our team has done a phenomenal job at working as a unit and selflessly playing. If we continue to do this, I have no doubt that our play will be successful” Albert said. “Kinkaid will be a challenge; they are our biggest competition in the South Zone, but I have faith in our team.”
Head Field Hockey Coach Craig Chambers feels confident about his team going into the game against Kinkaid.
“The team has been playing great field hockey. We have lots of depth on the team and everyone works amazingly well together,” Chambers said. “Our offense has been potent in generating a lot of different scoring opportunities. Our defense has been rock solid. Overall, we feel confident going into the KHS game.”
Key players include seniors midfielder Eden Epner and captain Carson Peacock as well as sophomore midfielder and forward Lindsey McKone. Sophomore goalie Kelsey Bing is also a rising star, having made the U17 Junior National Field Hockey Team.
“We know that it will be a tough and hard fought competition and that the South Zone title is on the line,” Peacock said. “I, along with the rest of the team, am very excited for our Kinkaid counter game.”
The team plans to concentrate on the field and ignore the score while playing.
“This has always been an emotion-high game, and this year will be no different,” Chambers said. “We plan to focus on excellence in play on the field for the duration of the game and not worry about the final score until the final whistle blows.”