Upper school fall teams have had a tremendous opening after an outstanding preseason and start to the school year.
Coming off of their 22-0 championship season last year, Varsity Girls Volleyball continues to tack on to their winning streak. After an impressive 3-0 win at Hotchkiss School on Wednesday afternoon, the Vikings are now 2-0 on the young season. Their next match will be at home on Wednesday, September 20, at 4:30 p.m. against Greenwich Country Day School.
The JV Girls Volleyball team also kicked off their year with a 3-0 sweep of St. Luke’s School on Wednesday!
Girls Varsity Soccer
Girls Varsity Soccer dominated in their first action of the season, earning a 9-1 win over The Harvey School. Taylor Ansel ’25 tallied 3 goals and 2 assists en route to a 9-1 King victory. Olivia Peters ’24 had a solo goal and assist as well. Coming back only two days later, on Thursday, September 14, the Vikings traveled to Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) powerhouse Greenwich Academy. In a well-played, hard-fought game, the Vikings, trailing 2-1 late, were not able to tally the equalizer in the 3-1 loss. They will take to the pitch again at home on Wednesday, September 20, on the Segalas Family South Turf for another FAA tilt against The Hopkins School.
Boys Varsity Soccer
Boys Varsity Soccer has played two games in the young season. With under 10 minutes to play against a very strong South Kent School team, Elliot Miller ’24 found the back of the net on an assist from Ignacio Silvani ’24 to earn an exciting 1-1 tie. After a rain out moved the game back a day, the Vikings hit the road to take on Brunswick School on Tuesday, September 12. A 0-0 tie was broken late in the second half by the home team, and King was unable to find the magic from their first game and fell 1-0. They will also be in action on Wednesday, September 20, at 4:00 p.m. against The Frederick Gunn School on the Armstrong and King Family Middle Turf.
Friday Fest Games and Family Tailgate for Football and Field Hockey
King welcomed Hopkins School for two early afternoon games on Friday, September 15, with Varsity Football kicking off on the South Turf at 2:00 p.m. and Varsity Field Hockey taking to the Middle Turf at 2:15 p.m. for a Friday fest of games and fun. Grades in each division were released early to celebrate the more than 60 King athletes in action! Kona Ice was on hand, along with a joint PA Viking Pride and team parent family tailgate for all students and fans in attendance to pick up snacks, drink, and a cool treat on the way to the games!
Prior to the Friday Fest, Varsity Field Hockey and Varsity Football have each played one game played this season. Varsity Field Hockey controlled their game against Hamden Hall from start to finish on Wednesday, September 13, earning a strong 9-2 win. Olivia Mangold ’25 led the way for the Vikings with a hat trick! With a full squad of JV players in the Field Hockey program this year, the Vikings opened their schedule this week as well, hosting Greens Farms Academy on Tuesday, September 12. In an exciting back-and-forth game, King prevailed 3-2 to earn the program’s first win! The team will be back on the field at home on Thursday, September 21, at 4:15 p.m. against St. Luke’s School.
Varsity Football may have had the most exciting finish of the opening stretch of games on Saturday, September 9, although it did not end with the outcome the team or coaches were hoping for. The first half ended in a 14-14 tie before King scored the next two touchdowns to go up 26-14. A late score for visiting Morristown Beard School with less than a minute left in the game put the visitors up 27-26. King fought to the last play, as the 49-yard field goal attempt to win the game sailed just left of the goalposts. Senior Charlie Hill ’24 had two rushing scores, while senior Owen Tucker ’24 had two scores through the air from Freddie Melton ’26.