Sterling, VA (September 19, 2017) – A year ago, attending a field hockey match between two Loudoun County high schools was somewhat of a novelty. The overall level of play was erratic and even the officiating was inconsistent. Everyone on the field, on the sidelines, and in the stands was learning the game and some were not quite sure what to make of it.
It would be an understatement to say that a lot has changed, but a LOT has changed. Tonight's game, featuring the Dominion Titans and Potomac Falls Panthers, was nothing short of a riveting athletic contest. With well-coached and aggressive teams on both sides, this one was as exciting to watch as any other sport our schools play.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
The first half ended in a 0-0 tie. Dominion controlled most of the run of play, but not by much. Both teams were led by stingy defense and outstanding goalkeeping, but the overall momentum clearly rested with the Titans.
The Panthers, led by the irrepressible Abby Asuncion, gained some momentum to open the second half and it paid off midway through the period as the speedy attacker whipped a shot through the defense and past the Dominion keeper. Suddenly, it looked like Potomac Falls could take the victory in this cross-town rivalry match.
But the Titans weren't done. Almost immediately they started to gain control again. Getting several corners, the pressure was mounting on the Potomac Falls goal. Finally, with six minutes remaining, Olivia Cook hammered one home to tie the score, 1-1.
It looked like the game was headed for overtime, but with just fifteen seconds remaining a mad flurry resulted in a narrow opening, but it was just big enough for Adare McCann to score and give Dominion a 2-1 lead that held up for the Titan win.
Final score: Dominion 2 - Potomac Falls 1.
|Players who could be clearly identified by jersey number are listed in the links below. Additional photos of these and other players may be found by reviewing the full gallery.|
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