2017.09.19 Field Hockey: Riverside @ Park View

Sterling, VA (September 19, 2017) – What a difference a year makes. For the host Park View Patriots, the excitement of a brand new team and a relatively new sport has not yet worn off. For the visiting Riverside Rams, with a full season behind them, it's now all about systems of play, aggressive attack, and competing to win. The Patriots will get there, too, but the Rams had a head start.

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

Park View's Kathy Mendez

It was obvious very quickly that a year of experience is an awfully good thing to have. Up 8-0 by halftime, Riverside cruised to an easy 11-0 victory with consistent passing and execution. The ball rarely ventured into the defensive end, and that fact best represented Riverside's total dominance.

Lest anyone think they poured it on a weaker opponent, the Rams behaved with the utmost sportsmanship. Those eleven goals came from nine different girls including several that apparently were getting goals for the first time ever. Only Grace Keefe, with three goals, scored more than once.

And there is a lot to be said for Park View, too. They never, ever gave up and they were supported positively by their coaches from start to finish. And that goes for the whole school, too. What a nice scene to witness as the cross country team took seats in the stands and cheered during player introductions. And you couldn't help but notice the football team taking a break from practice to hang on the fence and do the same.

That, in fact, smells like team and school spirit. A rout, played with the right kind of energy and sportsmanship on both sides, can be a beautiful thing to see.

Final score: Riverside 11 - Park View 0.

Players that 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.
Riverside Photos:

Park View Photos:

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