Due to the absence of lights, the Atlee field hockey team have to play their final home game a little earlier in the season than they'd like. But, tied atop the Capital District going into the homestretch of the season, this veteran squad knows exactly what it has to do.
Seniors Ally Ritchie and Paige Brazee each scored 90 seconds apart early on, as the Raiders took a 2-0 advantage over Highland Springs. Atlee added a third goal before halftime off the stick of fellow senior Hayley Smith.
Head Coach Alyssa Farling did take opportunities to give players time at different positions, as, down the road, one never knows who may be pushed into a sudden, important role on the team.
Highland Springs never quit, and, with less than two minutes left, Jasmine Cousins got the lone goal for the Springers. Sarah Scaplehorn and Lauren Maimone tallied second half goals for Atlee for the 5-1 final.
Numa Rehmeni and Lexa Roland split goaltending duties during the match. Combined they faced five Highland Springs shots on goal and had three save. Meanwhile, Highland Springs senior goalkeeper Alisha Banks had 16 saves.
Now the Raiders, still tied for first in the Capital District with Lee-Davis, have to hope to win their final five and have the Confederates lose one. Otherwise, a tie in the standings at season's end would force a one-game playoff for the regular season crown and the top berth in the Field Hockey tournament.
Atlee is currently 7-1 in the Capital District, 9-2 overall. They next battle Hanover at Hanover Wednesday at 6pm, followed by a date at Glen Allen next Monday, October 8th.
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