The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team saw their 2017 season come to a close on Tuesday, May 30, with a 2-1 loss to Tower Hill in the DIAA quarterfinals.
The Indians were without two of their primary offensive weapons in that game, with senior forward Maddie Hogsten and junior forward Zena Lowman sidelined for the matchup.
After falling behind 1-0 on a Tower Hill free-kick, freshman forward Avery Congleton tied things up for the Indians after generating a fast-break score.
It was underclassmen, including Congleton, who the Indians called on to fill the void left by Hogsten and Lowman.
“I think their effort was outstanding,” said IR head coach Steve Kilby. “The future is bright for them.”
A late-game penalty shot would seal the win for the Hillers, however, with the Indians falling short of a third-straight trip to the DIAA finals.
Seniors including Hogsten, senior defender Paige Troublefield and senior midfielder Maggie Ford still leave their legacy at IR.
“I really don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to talk about Paige Troublefield, Maggie Ford and Madison Hogsten,” said Kilby. “They’ve been the been the backbone of the team for four years, that have gone to two state championships games, four conference championship games — their contributions have been huge.”