Louisa field hockey falls to Flucos at home

Nikki Chenault maneuvers around a Fluvanna defender during the Lions' home opener on Sept. 9.

The Louisa Lions field hockey team hosted the Fluvanna Flucos on Sept. 8 for their first home game of the season. The Flucos held off the Lions’ offense and took the win, 3-1.

“That one hurt,” said Coach Meredith Williamson. “When you spend 45 of 60 minutes in their half, you expect something to drop and it never drops. I told the girls that even the best teams can go undefeated in the regular season and lose the first round of playoffs. It happens, and tonight, it happened to us.”

The Flucos got on the board in the first quarter, but the Lions held them to 1-0 for the rest of the half. They got their second goal in the opening minute of the second half. The Lions sent numerous attacks down the field in the meantime, firing off numerous shots on goal, but none made it to the back of the cage until late in the third quarter. Lydia Gillespie fired a shot from the top of the arch, getting the Lions on the board with 4:10 left in the third quarter. The Flucos final goal came with just 16 seconds left in the game.

In total, the Lions fired off 26 shots on goal. Gillespie led the offense with nine, followed by Brooklyn Ryder and Amanda Berg with four apiece and Ali Downey and Nikki Chenault each with three. In goal, Adie Watkins had six saves and Ashleigh Williams had five.

Williamson did see several positives from the team throughout the game.

“Our passing was great, our dribbling down the right side of the field, other things we’ve been working on in practice,” she said. “I had a player, Alexis Fickes, just come out of nowhere and have an amazing night. Lydia did a good job distributing the ball and Ali had a few good runs down the right side of the field.”

Williamson hopes the team takes the loss and uses it to improve. 

“I told them the only thing you can do is let it hurt and let it fuel you for next time, learn from it and get better,” she said.

The Lions traveled to Monticello High School on Sept. 14 to take on the Mustangs. The Lions fell 2-0.

The Mustangs took a few shots in the first half, but really amped up their attack in the second half with Hayden Barnes putting away both goals in the third quarter. Watkins tallied 19 saves in goal for the Lions, 14 of which came in the second half. Louisa sent a few attacks of their own down the field, with Downey and Gillespie each firing off a shot at the cage, but none yielded results.

The Lions hit the road on Sept. 21, traveling to Western Albemarle to take on the Warriors. Action begins at 7 p.m.

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