INDIAN LAND — The Indian Land Lady Warriors lost 4-1 to the Sun Valley Spartans in the first game of the season.
Indian Land won last year’s Upper State Championship and with nine seniors returning, were looking to match that success this year. Sun Valley also had the same goal in mind and is ranked as one of the elite teams in 3A coming into this year.
The first half had Sun Valley smothering Indian Land’s defense, keeping the ball in the Warriors’ territory. The Warriors were also hampered by the weather.
“The wind did effect things in the beginning,” said Indian Land’s coach Mark Bonda. “The Spartans had a lot of breakaways to their advantage that led to some goals early on.”
Sun Valley struck first a few minutes into the game with a penalty kick. Sun Valley attempted many corner kicks, eventually capitalizing with a goal. Indian Land was ready to get back into the game, but Sun Valley was able to control the ball more effectively, getting in another goal for a 3-0 score going in to halftime.
Indian Land was more focused in the second half, getting a couple shots early and spreading the ball through the field. Sun Valley, though, did not waiver and added another goal 15 minutes into the half.
The Warriors Shalyn Dougherty scored the team’s first goal of the season about halfway through the second period.
“We lost to Sun Valley 9-0 last season, so I think we are stepping up,” said goalie Isabella Maia. “We are getting better, we just have to control the game to our favor in the coming season.”
Indian Land was scheduled to playForest Hills High School on March 14 and Porter Ridge and March 18. The Warriors take on York March 19, Lewisville on March 21 and Andrew Jackson March 25.