Ashburn, VA (June 1, 2018) – In a regional championship game, you really don't expect to see a team with a regular season record of 5-12-2 on one side of the field. But that's exactly the record that the Wakefield Warriors brought to this game against the Briar Woods Falcons, who finished their regular season at 13-1-0.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
To get why the Warriors were there you have to look at the National District tournament. Despite a seventh seed, Wakefield advanced to the semifinals and earned a spot in regional play. From there they upset John Champe and Falls Church to make it to the championship game.
As the final began, there was a noticeable difference between the two teams as they took the field. The Falcons just looked bigger and taller across the board. They controlled the game at first as they methodically moved the ball across midfield and into the Wakefield defensive third.
But the size difference didn't seem to matter as the Warriors used creativity and hustle to make up for any difference in size. They certainly were not intimidated in any way by past records.
Each team had good chances during the first half, but neither could finish and the half ended with zeroes on the scoreboard.
The second half began with an ominous announcement from the booth. Storms were coming and the possibility of delay loomed. Play resumed and continued as it had in the first half with both teams coming close, but earning no rewards. And then the announcement came for a thirty-minute lightning delay forcing everyone off the field.
The game was later postponed to be finished the next day.
Final score: Briar Woods 0 - Wakefield 0 (score will be updated when finalized)
|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.|