Varsity Field Hockey
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Sep 5, 2019
- VIKINGS: 2
On this Thursday night, September 5th, the final listed on the scoreboard was Woodgrove 3, Loudoun Valley 2. However, the scoreboard could have just as easily had Valley's score at 4, but when the final horn blew, Valley was still trailing.
The first half belonged to Woodgrove, notching three scores. Each score happened in open field play by a centering pass from the right side of the goal and knocked in at 28:51, 13:42 and 9:46 respectively.
Valley came in with high expectations and anticipation playing their cross town rivals, but I believe nerves got the better of them early in the game. After the 3rd goal by Woodgrove, The Vikings settled down and started playing. Although, they did not tally a score in the first half, they did create a lot of scoring chances.
The second half belonged to Valley. Although both teams had opportunities and the ball was played on both sides of the field, the majority of the play was on the Woodgrove side of the field. Valley kept attacking. At 7:08, Charlotte Alto had an assist to Sarah Thompson to open the scoring for Valley. Valley then had a score on a Corner play get called back, according to the official the ball never came out of the circle for the initial shot on the goal.
Then with 2:18 left in the game, Center Midfielder, Eva Swartz drove the ball from midfield into the circle and made a falling/diving shot that landed in the back of the goal.
With that score, Valley was energized and had momentum for a final push. Valley's defense attacked the ball, and created a turnover fairly quickly and they got the ball into the circle. Woodgrove's defense tried to clear the ball out left, but freshman Midfielder, Olivia Hines stopped the ball and helped generate a corner with just over a minute remaining in the game.
The ensuing corner was very exciting. The ball was injected to Sarah Thompson, who put a strong shot on the goal, the rebound was knocked into the back of the goal to tie the game. The ref blew his whistle, the goal was not counted. Again, the call from the ref, the ball never exited the circle. The same call from earlier in the second half of this game.
Sophomore, Carlea Dawson played lights out on defense, continually getting the ball back and up the field to her middies and forwards.
Valley will get an opportunity to avenge this loss to Woodgrove again this year. There will be a rematch at Loudoun Valley on September 24 at 5:30pm. If Valley plays the whole game like they did the second half, the Wolverines will have a long bus ride home across town.