Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Field Hockey Roundup: Solaroli Paces Tabb Against Kecoughtan

Izzy Solaroli weaves through the Kecoughtan defense. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)
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The Tabb field hockey team cruised to an easy 6-0 victory at home against Kecoughtan on Wednesday evening behind a well-rounded performance from Izzy Solaroli, who recorded a goal and two assists.

Because of the Virginia High School League’s six-goal rule, the game was called with 15 minutes left to play in the second half.

The Tigers got off to a quick start when a scattered play broke down in front of the Kecoughtan cage. With the ball rolling loose in the circle, Stephanie Martin got her stick on the ball and pushed it past the goalkeeper for a quick 1-0 lead roughly 1:30 into the first half.

Nearly 45 seconds later, Tabb once again found the back of the cage. The second goal came from Alexis Gore, who collected a well-placed pass from Solaroli into the back of the cage for a 2-0 lead. Gore finished the game with a goal and an assist.

With 22:35 left to play in the first half, Tabb once again extended its lead thanks to a play set up by Solaroli. After carrying the ball up the field, Solaroli dished the ball to Miya Denison, who delivered a wrist-shot goal that sailed into the middle-left portion of the net for the third goal of the game.

Midway through the first half, Solaroli took her turn to get on the board for the Tigers. Displaying superior stick-handling skills, Solaroli weaved her way through multiple Kecoughtan defenders before carrying the ball into the circle. Once within striking range of the goal, Solaroli slotted the ball below the Kecoughtan goalkeeper to put Tabb up 4-0.

With 5:35 left in the first half, the Tigers struck once again, this time off a Roshelle Smith goal that was set up by a Sarah Mueller assist. By the time the dust settled, Tabb held a commanding 5-0 lead heading into halftime.

The final Tabb goal came with 27:20 left to play in the second half. Gore sent a hard shot at the cage from just inside the circle, but her shot ricocheted off the stick of Mueller and past the goalie for the final score of the game.

Tabb (4-0) remains perfect on the season with the win and will look to continue their strong start with a road game against Norfolk Academy on Friday.

Tabb 6, Kecoughtan 0

Goals: Tabb (Stephanie Martin, Alexis Gore, Miya Denison, Izzy Solaroli, Roshelle Smith, Sarah Mueller)
Assists: Tabb (Izzy Solaroli 2, Sarah Mueller, Alexis Gore)


Bruton Routs Northumberland

The Bruton field hockey team took about 10 minutes to shake off their post-Labor Day vacation rust.

Once they got into their groove, the Panthers jumped on Northumberland for a 7-1 home win on Wednesday.

Bruton’s standout player of the night was foward Jessica Robinson, who came off the bench nearly 10 minutes into the first half. Over the next roughly 50 minutes of play, Robinson tallied five goals and an assist to lead Bruton.

“I gave Jessica the game ball,” Bruton Coach Lisa Marston said. “I wasn’t sure if I should do it, but it was her game.”

Robinson scored twice in the first half en route to Bruton having a 3-0 halftime advantage.

The Panthers rolled in the second half and, with 22 seconds left, scored the final goal that pushed the game to its close due to the VHSL six-goal rule.

Bruton (2-1) has won back-to-back games against Northumberland this season and will continue its season on the road against Smithfield on Sept. 14.

Bruton 7, Northumberland 1

Goals: Bruton (Jessica Robinson 5, Shannon Cadwell, Caity Washam)
Assists: Bruton (Jessica Robinson, Lauren Roth, Meghan Corder)


Jamestown Outmatched by Gloucester

Jamestown had a rough go against a talented Gloucester team Wednesday evening, dropping a 10-0 contest at home.

While Gloucester dominated the pace of play for a majority of the game, Jamestown Coach Jen Schrum said she does not believe her team was outmatched physically or tactically. Rather, she thinks nerves came into play.

“I think we let our mentality go,” she said. “Mentally, I think we beat ourselves. Hearing about how well Gloucester did against other teams made our girls a little bit nervous.”

Toward the end of the contest, which was called with 15 minutes left in the second half due to the VHSL six-goal rule, Jamestown saw scoring opportunities as they penetrated the Gloucester circle, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunities.

Jamestown (1-1) will look to rebound during a tournament at York High on Friday and Saturday.

Gloucester 10, Jamestown 0

Goals: Gloucester (Karly Harwood 3, Cassidy Goodwin, Maddie Hogge, Brittany Romero, Molly Vaughan 2, Maddie Hutson, Whitney)
Assists: Gloucester (Karly Harwood 2, Taylor Green, Bailey Miller, Brittany Romero, Molly Vaughan)

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