Warriors shut out Knights 3-0
3 different goal scorers for Matoaca
CHESTERFIELD - The Matoaca High School Football Field on Monday saw a relatively new home defender in the Warriors field hockey team.
And defend the Warriors did.
The Monday night lights shone brightly on the Warriors as they defeated rival Thomas Dale 3-0. It was the varsity field hockey team’s second match on the MHS football field this season after they defeated Patrick Henry 1-0 on Thursday.
The Warriors scored all three goals in the first half on an early tally made by senior Katie Helms, a score by Noelle Farmer off a long corner and a tap-in from sophomore Allison Crowley down near the post.
Crowley controlled the ball well up and down the field, Annie Grace Louthan brought the big lifts and clear-outs while putting the ball in position for Crowley to tap it in and the Warriors kept the ball down on the Knights’ side for most of the first half.
Despite the constant pressure, Morgan Stolarik, Graciela Espana, Madison Swift and Lauren Zuskin were among the players to deliver strong defense for the Knights.
Jillian Pueppke played a crucial part in getting a ball away from the Warriors’ goal after the Knights came close to tying early in the contest.
The Knights also pressured Matoaca near the top of the second half, and then Stolarik later led her team to a penalty corner. But Louthan, Emma Kate Everhart, Anna Pletch and Jillian Pueppke kept most of the pressure off junior keeper and recent Wake Forest commit Ally Butler, and the defense battled to preserve the shutout. Butler got her foot on a save with nine minutes to play.
“Ally and Annie Grace have been playing together since second grade...that’s huge, and the same kind of positions, so they know where each other’s gonna go,” Matoaca Field Hockey head coach Deborah Wallace said, adding: “Those four defenders, they’ve been working really hard together and played indoor together, so they know: one’s going here, the other one knows to circle up and mark.”
The Warriors are a hardfought 6-2. Their only two
defeats thus far have come in 1-0 battles on the fields of Lafayette (who won in overtime) and Prince George (who broke through on a goal late in the second half).
“They’ve been playing offseason together trying to get stronger and get comfortable playing with each other,” Wallace said of her underclassman-heavy team, adding: “They want to win, and they like playing these tougher teams...that’s the kind of games they like playing. It makes you better.”
Matoaca next plays at Hopewell on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m. The Warriors’ fourgame week also features matchups at Lee-Davis on Thursday and at home versus Prince George on Saturday.
Matoaca Field Hockey’s Allison Crowley controls the ball in her Warriors’ home game versus Thomas Dale.
Matoaca Field Hockey’s Elizabeth Lovato (left) matches up against Thomas Dale’s Morgan Stolarik.
Matoaca Field Hockey’s Jillian Pueppke (#5) gets the ball away from the Warriors’ goal.