Field hockey falls just short

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

Senior forward Avery Hudson watches as her shot weaves through multiple  Powhatan opponents for a goal in Louisa’s 3-2 loss.

Senior forward Avery Hudson watches as her shot weaves through multiple Powhatan opponents for a goal in Louisa’s 3-2 loss.

A thrilling bid for a comeback by Louisa’s field hockey team fell just short, falling on their home turf to Powhatan 3-2 on Thursday, Sept. 19. The final score was a one-goal difference that the Lions threatened repeatedly in the last few moments of the contest.

“The last eight minutes were the best hockey the girls played all day,” head coach Meredith Marconi said. “Unfortunately, it was a little too late.”

Early in the contest, it seemed Louisa had little shot at holding their own against Powhatan. Indians forward Hannah Blair scored less than four minutes after the opening whistle to give Powhatan an early lead.

Louisa missed an opportunity to rebound shortly thereafter, with a shot from forward Olivia Riordan bouncing off the left post of Powhatan’s goal. The Lions managed to tie the score soon on a swift shot by senior forward Avery Hudson.

Powhatan responded with the next two goals, both by Blair to complete a hat trick, giving them a 3-1 lead with 26 minutes left.

For Louisa to have a shot, Marconi told her team they were going to have to match the aggressiveness of Powhatan, which had three players receive green cards during the match.

To read the entire story, see the Sept. 26 edition of The Central Virginian.

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