Season ends for La Jolla field hockey

By Phil Dailey

Staff Writer

It was the most successful campaign in the short five years of the program, but Tuesday afternoon saw the end of the season for the La Jolla High field hockey team.

The Vikings (14-8-1 overall) had more wins this season than any other and the result was the No. 3 seed in the Division II CIF playoffs, which also came with a first-round bye.

On Tuesday, LJHS welcomed a familiar foe, Valley Center, for a quarterfinal game, a team it had already beat this season, 2-1.

But as many players and coaches know, the playoffs always are different that the regular season.

“We came out in the first half kind of shell-shocked and we couldn’t execute the fundamentals,” La Jolla head coach Paula Conway said. “We were really just in kind of a daze. They got a couple early goals; it was 2-1, then 3-1.

“They were a lot more aggressive and we were a lot more tentative.”

The team trailed 3-1 at the break, but started the second half with many chances to get back into the game. However, Valley Center (19-5-1) took advantage of its few opportunities and knocked in a goal to give the Jaguars a 4-1 lead.

Shortly after Valley Center took a three-goal lead, Rachel Hamilton made it 4-2, but they team was unable to get any closer in the final 10 minutes.

“We kind of got deflated, but we started to fight back a little bit and got another goal, but we just couldn’t get two more in there. It was just too big of a hole,” Conway said.

Conway thought the slow start had a lot to do with the team’s lack of playoff experience.

“We don’t have a lot of CIF experience,” Conway said. “Valley Center has been around a lot longer than we have and they have a winning tradition. We haven’t got to that point yet.”

Overall, Conway was happy with the way the season went and looks for more success next season with several returning players.

“Three years ago when I was begging people to play … we’ve come a long way,” she said. “I’m really proud of them.”

Related posts:

  1. Week in Sports: Fall seasons getting under way for La Jolla high schools
  2. La Jolla football falls flat in season opener
  3. La Jolla preps ready for football season
  4. La Jolla’s three football teams notch wins
  5. La Jolla’s week in sports: Torreys win tournament in Phoenix

Short URL:

Posted by Phil Dailey on Nov 17, 2010. Filed under Prep Sports, Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar


Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Author, illustrator to launch new children’s book at Solana Beach Library August 30, 2014
    Meet author Tonton Jim and illustrator E. Felix Lyon as they launch “Harold and the Hot Rod” (Hound’s Glenn Series Book Two) at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Solana Beach Library. There will be readings from the book, illustration demonstrations, Q & A with the author, illustrator and publisher, and refreshments and door prizes. […]
  • San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update August 30, 2014
    On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I want to welcome you and our 12,400-plus students to the 2014-15 academic year. The start of a new school year is always exciting. We have spent the summer eagerly preparing for your student’s return on Aug. 26 and look forward to sharing new learning experiences with each of you. For parents/guardians whose students are […]
  • To your health: 5 questions to ask your new doctor August 30, 2014
    At some point, nearly everyone will need to choose a new physician, perhaps because of a change in insurance, a move to a new city, or simply a feeling that it is time to make a switch. Your relationship with your physician is perhaps one of the most important in your life, and you want a provider who is not only highly knowledgeable and experienced, but als […]