2021.09.23 Field Hockey: Double Header @ Park View

Sterling, VA (September 23, 2021) - Loudoun Valley @ Park View

As a steadily growing program, it's already been a long season for the Park View Patriots. Playing a schedule that has no easy games on it, they have faced some tough opponents scoring only twice (a 2-1 win over Rock Ridge).

The Loudoun Valley Vikings have had a similar slate of games to play, but have enjoyed a good bit more success. After a slow start to the season, they've won six in a row and are in a race at the top of the Dulles District standings with long-time rival, Loudoun County.

And this match turned out to be a good representation of where both teams are right now. Scoring sixteen times in three quick quarters, the Vikings put on an offensive clinic rushing to a 7-0 lead after one quarter and never looking back.

The Vikings were led by Sophie Hall and Sophia Watson with three goals apiece, followed by two-gaol scorers Skyler Sutton, Kathryn Clarke, Maddie Barnes, and Emma Curtis.

To their credit, the Patriots never stopped hustling even after the game was well out of reach. Their closing cheer was just as loud, and their fan support just as strong, as if they were the winners this time.

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

Final Score: Loudoun Valley 16 - Park View 0

Sterling, VA (September 23, 2021) - Riverside @ Independence

The featured game of this double-header was a rematch between the Riverside Rams and the Independence Tigers. The two highly-ranked teams had met just ten days earlier in a tense affair. The Tigers won that one to continue their unbeaten streak, and they had not let up since. The Rams were hoping for a modicum of revenge.

This game had a similar arc as the last one. The first period ended at 0-0, just like the last time, and the halftime score was 1-0, just like the last time--thanks to a goal just before the break by Carly Van Benten. Overall play was fast and well-organized with both teams having only a few good chances to score.

Solid defense was a huge factor in this match, and credit goes to the Tigers' Olivia Danley and Grace Gorham who erased any hopes of a goal for the Rams' dynamic attacker Olivia Oldknow

Almost immediately after halftime, Independence attacker Sammie Goin whipped a 15-yard shot past Rams goalie Lillian Gartland and into the lower left corner of the Riverside goal for a 2-0 lead.

Against a team that virtually never gives up goals, the challenge for the Rams now seemed very steep. But Riverside did create some momentum in the fourth quarter when they earned two consecutive penalty corners. If they could convert one, the whole complexion of the game would change, but the Tigers thwarted those chances to remain undefeated.

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

Final Score: Independence 2 - Riverside 0

Powered by SmugMug Owner Log In