2021.10.12 Field Hockey: Double Header @ Loudoun County

Leesburg, VA (October 12, 2021) - Heritage @ Loudoun County

When this game began, the Loudoun County Captains were riding pretty high. At 7-0 they were sitting alone atop the Dulles District standings, and their overall record was almost as sterling at 13-1. The Heritage Pride had a more modest 8-5 record for the season, but they were close behind the Captains, and tied with Loudoun Valley with just one district loss. 

In a scoreless first quarter, things went fairly true to form. Loudoun County kept the ball in the Heritage end, but the Pride defense, led by goalie Ava Dyer, held firm. The outstanding play of the period came when Dyer batted away a chest high rocket to keep the score tied. The ball rarely made it on to the County side, but that didn't matter since the Captains were unable to finish.

The Pride broke the stalemate when Lauren Murphy scored early in the second period off a penalty corner, and Emma Beal made it 2-0 right before halftime. The Heritage strategy? Play excellent defense and then make the most of your opportunities. And it worked.

As the third period wound down, things were looking bleak for the Captains, but Sofia Shingledecker scored to cut the Heritage lead in half, and it was game on.

The pace of the fourth quarter was frenetic. Just a minute in, Ashana Patel scored to give the Pride a two-goal advantage again, and a minute after that Loudoun County's Alyssa Markell made it 3-2 and gave the Captains some momentum. But both defenses held for the remainder of the game, and the result tightened the district standings as the playoffs near.

Final Score: Heritage 3 - Loudoun County 2

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

Leesburg, VA (October 12, 2021) - Potomac Falls @ Woodgrove

As opposed to the opening game of the double-header, the nightcap was a matchup of two teams that were having tough seasons. The Potomac Falls Panthers and the Woodgrove Wolverines had each won just three games overall, and between the two Potomac Falls was the only one with a Potomac District win. But both teams sensed an opportunity to get a rare victory, and that gave the game some needed intensity.

Jaelyn Hawes gave the Panthers the early lead when she scored just two minutes into the game. But the Wolverines tightened up and the score remained 1-0 at halftime.

Knowing that a single goal would was all they needed to get back in the game, Woodgrove opened the second half with optimism, but their hopes were dashed when Kerstin Anderson scored for Potomac Falls barely two minutes into the third quarter. Although the Wolverines continued to compete, a two-goal hill became difficult to climb as the period progressed.

On the opposite side of the field, the Panthers knew that victory was in their grasp and they seized momentum. Fourth quarter goals by Riley Freck and Meadow Swanson finished the win for Potomac Falls.

Final Score: Potomac Falls 4 - Woodgrove 0

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

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