Sterling, VA (May 23, 2019) - About three weeks ago, the Riverside Rams travelled to meet the Dominion Titans for a regular seaso tilt with playoff implications at stake. The winner of that match would take over the top spot in the Potomac District and the top seed in the Region 4C playoffs. Those honors went to Dominion with a 14-11 victory.
But the result also meant that the losing team would be the second regional seed and that a rematch was possible only in the region tournament championship. And, sure enough, here it was.
At first, it looked like a continuation of the previous match. Dominion was the dominant force on the field for the first seven minutes of the opening quarter. And they were rewarded with two quick goals from Alex Brendes and Brendan Dillon. A 2-0 lead wasn't much, but the Titans' solid defense was making it very difficult for the Rams to get anything started.
But that all changed as Riverside would score three times before the quarter ended and tally six unanswered goals before Dominion would finally score again halfway into the third period. Mitch Pehllke led the way by scoring fully half of those six goals.
Both teams featured well established and high scoring offensive attacks. In fact, over their last nine games Dominion had averaged more than sixteen goals per game (all wins). Not to be outdone, the Rams had the same average--over the entire season.
This game, however, would largely be controlled by great defense and excellent goaltending. Every goal for both teams was fully earned and nothing came easy.
After that six-goal Riverside flurry, the Titans actually outscored the Rams for the remainder of the game, 5-4. Aidan Smith scored twice for the Titans, and Brendes added another, but it was too little, too late, and simply not enough to fully erase the Riverside lead.
Both teams now advance to the state tournament.
Final Score: Riverside 10 - Dominion 7