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Tabb's field hockey team had a tough time breaking through a tough Lafayette defense, especially Rams goalkeeper Gabby Boesler during a 2-0 road win Tuesday evening.
From the outset, it was clear the game was going to be dominated by two players — Tabb's Miya Denison and Lafayette's Boesler.
Within the first seven minutes of the game, Denison had fired three hard shots on net and Boesler turned all three away. Boesler finished the game with 15 saves.
"I felt like there was Saran wrap over the goal," Tabb Coach Wendy Wilson joked. "Their goalie had a heck of a game and she did very well. They were giving us a challenge."
The challenge lasted through a first half in which neither team found the back of the net — a surprising turn of events for a Tabb team that routinely scores four or more goals during wins.
Tabb seemed poised to finally break through with 23:02 left in the game as the officials called for a penalty stroke. Tabb's Izzy Solaroli stepped to the penalty spot and lifted a shot to Boesler's left, which was met by the blocker from the Lafayette goalie and turned away from the net.
Boesler's heroic efforts came to a head with 19:07 left in the game when Denison got Tabb on the board. Denison took a pass from Sarah Mueller and sent a hard shot to the far post, where it ricocheted into the cage for the opening goal.
The opening goal was followed up quickly by another goal from Denison with 17:13 left when she received a pass from Courtney Fiest and tapped it into the cage for her second goal of the game.
Lafayette was unable to mount a late comeback attempt and the buzzer sounded as the game came to a close.
Despite the loss, Lafayette Coach Chris Jones was encouraged with his team's performance against the defending state champions.
"For us to come in here and hold the defending state champions to 2-0, I'm extremely pleased with their effort," Jones said. "The main thing is we have to generate more offense. We weren't able to get through their defense."
Tabb (9-1) has won five consecutive games and will host Collegiate School on Thursday. Lafayette (3-4-1) will travel to take on Lakeland on Thursday.
Tabb 2, Lafayette 0
Goals: Tabb (Miya Denison)
Assists: Tabb (Sarah Mueller, Courtney Fiest)
York Edges Grafton in Overtime
York's Jordyn Keller scored an overtime game-winner to vault the Falcons past Grafton 3-2 on the road Tuesday.
The action was fast and furious after a scoreless first half. Grafton earned goals from Grace Hoepfner and Sydnie Swartwood, while York's Taylor Matzgannis-Bre scored.
With York trailing 2-1, Alexis Rainey scored the game-tying goal that ultimately sent the game into overtime.
During the golden-goal overtime period, in which the first team to score wins, Keller put the ball into the Grafton cage to secure the overtime victory.
York (6-2) will travel to take on Bruton on Thursday, while Grafton (5-6) will host Lakeland on Wednesday.
York 3, Grafton 2
Goals: York (Taylor Matzgannis-Bre, Alexis Rainey, Jordyn Keller), Grafton (Grace Hoepfner, Sydnie Swartwood)
Assists: York (Bentley Zabicki), Grafton (Erin Malone)
HRA Falls to Bishop Sullivan
Hampton Roads Academy dropped a 3-1 road contest to Bishop Sullivan on Tuesday.
The Navigators were on their heels nearly the entire game as goalkeeper Haven Gardner was forced to record 16 saves.
HRA's lone goal was unassisted as Shea Davis found the back of the cage in the loss.
The Navigators (1-4) will have a long layoff before continuing their season at home against Christchurch on Oct. 13.
Bishop Sullivan 3, Hampton Roads Academy 1
Goals: Bishop Sullivan (Mary Mooney 2, Gemma Gentlesk), HRA (Shea Davis)
Assists: Bishop Sullivan (Jordan Quigley, Mary Mooney, Maddie Bettencourt)