Here's Tuesday in a nutshell across the county, and what a Tuesday it was.
FIELD HOCKEY: Lee-Davis suffered its first loss of the season in dramatic, heartbreaking fashion at Hanover Tuesday evening by a 2-1 score. Both teams traded goals midway through the second half, Michelle Knizner scoring first to put the Hawks ahead 1-0, then, two minutes later, Cameron Gibson's backhand pass to the goal was redirected by Harper Matthews high into the air and over the head of Hanover goalkeeper Tori Snyder into the back of the goal for the tie.
But with 1:30 showing on the stadium clock, Laura Blunt began a battle for possession and survival on the right side of the Lee-Davis zone, fighting tooth and nail to advance the ball inside the circle. She eventually did, sent the ball into the traffic in front of the net, hoping for a redirect.
Kara Kane didn't let her down. Seeing Blunt where she was, Kane raced into position on the far side, hoping a ball would come past the goal and into her possession. It did and she redirected the ball right past Courtney Gosslin for the game-winner at 1:14 left on the clock.
Some confusion at game's end as with 58 seconds left on the stadium clock, the officials signaled the game as over. This is important because Lee-Davis was frantically racing deep into the Hanover zone, looking for the equalizer, thinking they had a minute to put something together. That minute quickly turned into less than 25 seconds.
Hanover improves to 10-2 and credits a week's worth of practicing a new offensive philosophy and strategy for their success; working on redirects from passes into the zone as well as their inserts on penalty corners. A good one straight to Knizner put her in position for the first goal of the night. Hanover plays Highland Springs Wednesday.
Lee-Davis falls to 12-1, but still have control of Conference 11 with that tournament now less than two weeks away. They have three games left, two at home including Atlee to end the regular season October 25th, a team they could see a third time in Conference 11 Tournament play.
Hanover's momentum is sky high. Lee-Davis was temporarily derailed, but no doubt #LDFH will be back and be ready as postseason approaches.
VOLLEYBALL: Atlee girls volleyball lost its first set to a Metro Richmond area team this year, 25-23 in set one Tuesday night against Hanover. They quickly righted the ship and ran away the next three sets to win the match 3-1 by scores of 25-13, 25-12, and an amazing 25-3. The win improves Atlee's record to 19-2.
Patrick Henry boys volleyball easily swept aside John Marshall Tuesday in 3: 25-8, 25-8, 25-19, to move to 13-6. Their home showdown with Deep Run is two weeks from tonight.
And Hanover swept Atlee at home, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17, as John Atwood fueled Hanover with 18 assists in the match. The Hawks are 10-3, Atlee falls to 8-10.
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The official time is kept on the field. The scoreboard clock was delayed in starting after a second period stoppage and both coaches were kept informed regarding the remianing time.
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