Sterling, VA (June 15, 2021) - A downpour had delayed the completion of this match, and it was restarted in the 23rd minute of the first half a day later. With the top-seeded Dominion Titans leading 1-0, on a goal by Bailey Vann, play resumed under cloudless conditions. The John Handley Judges had made the trek from Sterling to Winchester and back and were determined to continue their effort to upset the Titans.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.

Once play resumed, it became clear that Dominion's goal was to control the flow of play--completely. Smoothly passing the ball laterally among the back four, the Titans retained possession at midfield. Yes, they were looking for opportunities to push the ball into the attack, but they also seemed content just to maintain possession and tire out the Judges. If time with control had been measured per player, defenders Paige Greenfield and Abby Mansoor easily topped the charts.

The strategy worked well through the remainder of the first half as Handley virtually never crossed into the Dominion half. At the same time, this approach meant that Handley keeper Emma Westfall was not under much pressure either, and the period ended with the score still set at 1-0.

The second half was more of the same except that Dominion was now finding more opportunities to press forward. Their outstanding freshman attacker Brooke Oswald found numerous chances to drive the wing and get shots off, but most went wide or were stifled by sturdy Judge defenders.

Finally, with just moments remaining in the game, Oswald outplayed Westfall for a shot that was bouncing toward the goal and was finished by Madilyn Platko for the final score.

Handley finishes their season with a solid game against the dynamic and unbeaten Titans, who had scored over sixty goals this season. Dominion moves on to face Northwestern District champion--and also undefeated--James Wood Colonels in the Region 4C title game.

Final Score: Dominion 2 - John Handley 0

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