2021.10.28 Field Hockey: Dulles District Championship

Leesburg, VA (October 28, 2021) - At the end of the regular season there were three teams at the top of the Dulles District standings: the Heritage Pride; the Loudoun County Captains; and the Loudoun Valley Vikings. Heritage advanced to the final with a nail-biting victory over Dominion while County had a more impressive win over Valley giving them confidence entering the final. Still, the Pride had already beaten the Captains twice in the last two weeks--and they were playing on home turf--so they knew they had a good shot at the title, too.

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

Since the teams were so closely ranked, and since Heritage had won twice before, it was a bit surprising that almost immediately the Loudoun County attack took command. The visitors pushed the ball deep into the opposing end and had the Pride defense on their heels from the outside. When CeCe Tomaszewski scored at 7:30 of the first quarter, it was confirmation that the Captains had firmly taken over.

Charlotte Penberthy scored County's second goal just two minutes later, but Heritage finally countered with a goal from Emma Beal with 1:46 left in the quarter, making it 2-1. For a few minutes, the flow of the game was more balanced with the Pride able to mount some decisive pressure on the Captains' goal.

But Loudoun County surged again early in the second period with Tomaszewski getting her second tally, expanding their lead back to two, 3-1.

When the Captains' Olivia DeWan was awarded a penalty shot late in the quarter, any momentum Heritage had gained hung in the balance. DeWan calmly stepped up and crushed it for an impressive 4-1 lead at halftime.

That score would stand for the rest of the game as both defenses stiffened for the entirety of the second half. And when the final buzzer sounded, it was Loudoun County that raced across the field holding the championship banner high.                 

Final Score: Loudoun County 4 - Heritage 1

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