Potomac Falls, VA (November 6, 2018) – Rain pummeled the area for two days preceding this quarterfinal playoff game, but the sun shown through broken clouds just before game time, and what could have been a cold, damp setting turned out to be nearly perfect.
Well, until the fog rolled in.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
The Potomac Falls Panthers were on a seven-game winning streak including the region 5C championship. And the visiting Mountain View Wildcats had been on a similar roll before losing to Stafford in their regional final. In other words, everyone should have expected a tough, close match between two really good teams.
When you could see it, this match was brilliantly played. The humidity in the air created a fine mist that coated everything and created a mysterious light fog almost from the first minute.
Both teams had become used to high-scoring affairs, but this one was different. It was a defensive battle right from the start, and neither team truly threatened to score in the first half. Potomac Falls had better chances, but Mountain View clearly led in time of possession.
After the break it was more of the same. There were moments of offensive excitement, but, again, solid defense was the name of the game. The Wildcats had clearly judged that tightly marking the 5C Region's player of the year, Abby Asuncion, was the right strategy. Lizzie Ranberger was particularly effective at implementing the plan.
And so the struggle continued for the entire second half. As the final whistle blew, it was still tied at 0-0.
Something changed when overtime began. Knowing that it was "golden goal" encouraged both teams to go for it, and each had solid chances to win. And, eight minutes later, there was Mountain View's Madi Hyatt who rammed home a rebound to send her team on to the state semifinals.
Final score: Mountain View 1 - Potomac Falls 0
|Players who could be clearly identified by jersey number are listed in the links below. Additional photos of these and other players may be viewed and purchased in the full gallery.|
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