Lions outshoot Flucos

Ali Downey tries to maneuver past an E.C. Glass player in the Lions’ home game on Oct. 4. Downey had three shots against E.C. Glass and nine against Fluvanna in the Lions’ win on Oct. 5.

 

The Louisa Lions field hockey team scored its first win of the season on Oct. 5, defeating the Fluvanna Flucos 4-3 in a tough road contest.

The Flucos got on the board in the first half and held a 1-0 lead heading into the second half, but Louisa found an answer as Amanda Berg put a shot in the back of the cage to tie things up. Neither team was able to break the tie in the remainder of regulation or in the two 10-minute overtime periods, sending the game into one-on-one rounds.

Gracie Choi scored for the Lions, but Ava Amato got a point for the Flucos, tying the score again. Both Louisa’s Adie Watkins and Fluvanna’s Jordan Drumheller kept the remaining four players out of the cage, sending things into a second round of one-on-one contests. Choi again scored for Louisa, but Peyton Marshall tied things up again, sending the game into a sudden death one-on-one round. Marshall’s shot went wide, and Choi put hers away, giving Louisa the win.

“Both teams played great and fought to the end,” said Coach Meredith Williamson. “I am so proud of this team. They worked hard and didn’t quit on each other, even when we were down going into the second half. I give them all the credit in the world and I commend the Fluvanna team.”

Choi led the Lions’ offense with six shots and three goals. Berg scored one goal off of four shots and Ali Downey added nine shots. Watkins tallied 16 saves in goal and Ashleigh Wheeler added two.

The win came on the heels of a tough 5-0 home loss to Region 4D opponent E.C. Glass on Oct. 4. E.C. Glass took a 2-0 lead in the first half, then added another goal late in the third quarter and two more in the fourth.

Wheeler had 20 saves in goal for the Lions, including 16 in the second quarter. Tessa Smith added five and Kelsey Williams notched a defensive save. On offense, Downey had three shots and Lydia Gillespie had two.

“E.C. Glass is a really good team,” Williamson said, “but when we got into the circle we just didn’t capitalize and we could have and we should have. But we don’t take enough shots on goal, and I think that’s partially a coaching thing, them not shooting and not knowing when to shoot. They have the ability to shoot, they just don’t know when, and that’s on me.”

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