2021.09.13 Field Hockey: Double Header at Riverside

Leesburg, VA (September 13, 2021) - Independence @ Riverside

It's becoming clear that Loudoun County is producing excellent field hockey teams. As evidence, the most recent Top 10 rankings in the Washington Post had the Riverside Rams at #5, and the Independence Tigers at #6. As the game began, both teams were undefeated and hadn't really been tested, and this would game could tell a lot about each team.

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

The first quarter was balanced with neither team getting great scoring chances. Perhaps the best opportunity for Riverside came at the very end of the period when the Rams were awarded a penalty corner. The resulting scramble in front of the goal resulted in a second corner, but the home team couldn't finish either, and that might have been their best chance of the night.

In the 2nd quarter, the Tigers were awarded two rare penalty strokes. The first one was pushed wide left by the Tigers' Olivia Danley, but the second one, taklen by Sammie Goin, beat Rams goalkeeper Lillian Gartland, for a 1-0 halftime lead for Independence.

The Tigers had dominated the second quarter, and that continued in the second half. Riverside only had one good chance, and again it came on a penalty corner. Independence had two straight false starts, which gave the Rams a chance to play the corner against only three defenders. But the play failed and Riverside remained scoreless.

Still leading by 1-0 as the fourth quarter began, the Tigers tallied three more times to complete a dominating victory. Goin scored again on another penalty stroke, Melaina Carl would score off a tap-in, and Danley would finish the game--with no time remaining--with a goal of her own.

Final Score: Independence 4 - Riverside 0

Leesburg, VA (September 13, 2021) - Freedom @ Rock Ridge

In the nightcap, the Freedom Eagles and the Rock Ridge Phoenix met on the Riverside turf. Rock Ridge had not yet won a game, and Freedom was off to a modest start at 2-2. Both teams hoped for a competitive matchup like the one they had just witnessed.

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

But it quickly became clear that the Eagles were the stronger side. Less than two minutes into the game, Gracie Ty would score and teammates Mallory Bymers, Rachel Koeneke, and Madeline Stefano would all tally giving Freedom a commanding 4-0 lead at the end of the first period.

While the Phoenix defense never gave up and kept the score from getting completely out of hand, they were no match for Freedom. Ty and Sydney Yu scored in the second period extending the lead to 6-0 at halftime. And when Isabella Lombardi scored to make it 7-0, the lead was large enough to end the game after three quarters.

Final Score: Freedom 7 - Rock Ridge 0

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