Ashburn, VA (June 1, 2018) – The regular season difference between the Briar Woods Falcons and the Potomac Falls Panthers was almost imperceptible. The Falcons finished on top with a 11-1-2 district record, but their only loss had been at the hands of the Panthers, who had finished right behind at 11-2-1.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
Including the Potomac District tournament championship, which Briar Woods won, the teams had already played three time resulting with each team fittingly getting a win, a loss, and a tie. In other words, both teams entered the match feeling like the regional title could be theirs.
That balance was on full display throughout the game. While the majority of play was in the Potomac Falls end during the first half, neither team truly threatened to score. Panther keeper Jessica Touve was challenged more than her counterpart, Rachel Cundy, but their stress levels were relatively low.
That pace of play continued into the second half. Defenses on both teams were stalwart, bending at times, but not coming close to breaking.
And it continued through two regular overtimes and one sudden death period. Four minutes ticked off in the final five-minute period--before penalty kicks would decide the game--when Briar Woods was awarded a free kick just twenty-five yards away from the Potomac Falls net.
Panther defenders and Touve set up a wall as Falcon attackers and midfielders positioned for a redirection while Savannah Connor placed the ball in preparation for the kick. Her shot initially rebounded right back to her, but she gathered the ball and crossed it again. Emerging from a huge pack of players from both teams, Catie Bryant was there to thrust it into the goal for the win and the regional championship.
Final score: Briar Woods 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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