First-year Jamestown field hockey coach Jen Schrum believes her team is much better than the 10-0 loss Wednesday to Gloucester indicates.
The Dukes were eliminated last season in the Group 5A South region semifinals, in a one-goal loss to eventual state champion Princess Anne.
For Schrum, it may have been a classic case of losing the mental battle before the game ever starts.
“I think something that hindered us a little bit was our mentality,” the Jamestown coach said. “I think it was intimidation, but we had no reason to be intimidated because we’re just as good. Gloucester is a great team, but I believe we’re just as good.”
Gloucester scored four times, two by Molly Vaughan, within a span of about six minutes in the opening 10 minutes of the match to bury the Eagles.
The Dukes owned a 6-0 lead by halftime and the final whistle was blown with the visitors up 10 at the 14:31 mark of the second half. The Virginia High School League’s six-goal mercy rule comes into effect on the first stoppage of player under 15 minutes.
Karly Harwood and Cassidy Goodwin each also scored twice for Gloucester, which improved to 3-0.
Jamestown dropped to 1-1 after starting the season with a win at Northampton last week.
Still very early in the season, Schrum is continuing to get acclimated to her squad that features 19 upperclassmen.
If the Eagles can start consistently stringing some passes together, Schrum likes her team’s chances. Against Gloucester Thursday, getting even a single shot off proved to be a difficult task.
“I do believe when we start passing, we are very good,” Schrum said. “And I can already tell that we are improving with our passing and our momentum getting up the field has improved a lot too.”
Jamestown will next compete in a York High tournament on Friday and Saturday.