The Mount Vernon Lady Majors Field Hockey Team scored two goals after intermission and put a dent in the plans of the Edison Lady Eagles to celebrate a victory on what turned out to be a seniors night.
In the key National District clash of Sept. 22, both the homestanding Eagles and the visiting Majors were deadlocked 0-0 after the first 30 minutes of play.
Early in the second half, Mount Vernons Grace Valentine tallied goal number one, which proved to be the decisive goal of the contest (28:07 remaining).
Stated the senior forward, We took the ball down the field. I took a big hit and the ball went into the net. Valentine has recorded three goals and two assists this season, and along with her seven goals last season ranks high in all-time Mount Vernon scoring.
Less than 10 minutes later, Mount Vernons Megan Gibbs tallied goal number two, essentially the insurance goal for the Majors (18:50 remaining).
Said the senior back, I just put my stick down and was able to hit the ball in when it was sitting right there.
Edison had a couple of opportunities down the stretch but was not able to put the ball in the back of the net.
In the contest, Mount Vernon, coached by Jessica Hebel, tallied 10 shots as well as 10 corners; Edison, coached by Ginger White, tallied only three shots and three corners.
Mount Vernon junior goalkeeper Sara Duncan recorded two saves; Edison senior goalkeeper Megan Chesley recorded five saves.
In summing up their thoughts, Mount Vernon head coach Hebel commented, This was a very big night for both teams. We played well in the first half [we just didnt score]. At halftime, we talked about really being focused. In the second half, we worked hard on supporting each other across the field — our forwards stepped up and also played defense and our defense stepped up and also played offense.
Edison head coach White commented, Weve got a young team. We graduated eight starters from last seasons squad. Tonight we got the push going in the midfield and then Mount Vernon kind of came back on us.
The Mount Vernon quad-captains included: seniors Shelly Hoath and Danielle Horne as well as juniors Marcy Hoath and Katie Lucas.
The Edison tri-captains included: seniors Corinne Spitzer and Julia Fiorio and junior Kelly Williams.
Spitzer summed up her thoughts, saying, Its tough losing to Mount Vernon, but we communicated and we marked and we played as hard as we could have tonight.
On the season, Mount Vernon weighs in at 5-2 overall with wins versus: West Potomac 1-0, T.C. Williams 1-0, South Lakes 3-0, R.E. Lee 1-0 and Edison 2-0.
On the season, Edison weighs in at 2-9 overall with wins against: Wakefield 4-0 and JEB Stuart 4-0.
The District Tournament is scheduled for mid October. It seems amazing that Edison has already played its final home game of the 08 campaign before September is over, but that is the way it is.