Leesburg, VA (May 15, 2018) – With darkening skies threatening to delay or cancel this final game of the 2018 regular season, the Potomac Falls Panthers (12-2-1) traveled to Leesburg for a match with the Tuscarora Huskies (10-2-3).
The outcome of the game would not affect the Huskies' third place standing in the Potomac District, but a win could impact the Panthers' second place rank. That would depend on how Briar Woods did across town against Rock Ridge. A Falcons loss could mean a challenge for top spot for the Panthers, but that would depend on several factors.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
In the first half, it felt like two things were in play. First, everyone wanted to get the game in before the storms settled in. Second, both teams were playing conservatively given that the value of the win was only marginal in terms of playoff standings. The play was still physical, but no one was interested in getting hurt.
Clearly, Potomac Falls had more chances to score than Tuscarora, but the Huskies' defense was solid from the start. Led by outside back Shakima Machulski they shut down the potent Potomac Falls attack.
At least for a while...
Suddenly, in the twenty-first minute, the Panthers' Casey O'Connor found herself alone with the ball and some space about fifteen yards from the Tuscarora goal. She had to beat a sliding defender and a diving keeper, but she did so easily and put her team up, 1-0.
At the other end of the field, the Potomac Falls defense was impenetrable. Tuscarora's Dacheka Kolcum had a chance for a header on a corner kick and another shot on a breakaway that was thwarted by a sliding tackle, but those were the only true threats of the half.
After the break, Potomac Falls had the wind advantage, but time was not their friend. Just fifteen minutes into the period the game was suspended due to weather conditions, and play would never resume.
Final score: Potomac Falls 1 - Tuscarora 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.|