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Stallions' upset highlights district field hockey finals

It took one rather large upset, but this year’s Northern Region field hockey landscape is starting to look a little like that of 2008.

In the Patriot District title game, South County (14-5) knocked off No. 3 W.T. Woodson with a 2-0 win, thanks to goals from Erica Binzer and Megan Wears. The loss was W.T. Woodson’s first since Aug. 28 and snapped a 17-game winning streak.

“We executed everything we needed to,” South County Coach Leah Conte said. “We were able to control the middle of the field. We executed corners. Every little thing that we worked on all season came together tonight.”

South County, which won its second straight district title, will advance to the regional tournament and host McLean next Tuesday night at 7, while W.T. Woodson (17-2) will host Madison on Tuesday, also at 7.

With a 1-0 win over No. 10 Centreville, No. 6 Westfield captured the Concorde District crown for the second straight year. Both back-to-back wins for South County and Westfield represent the only district trophies in the display cases at the newly-built schools.

Westfield used Molly Gift’s ninth goal of the season, which came from the right of the cage with 7 minutes 8 seconds left in the first half, to gain a lead it would not relinquish, although that didn’t stop Centreville (14-2) from trying.

Goalkeeper Katie Fiely helped to stop Centreville’s Haili Hartman on penalty stroke with 6:30 to go in the second half -- the ball sailed wide left -- and the Wildcats closed with two frantic corner attempts.

“It feels awesome to win two years in a row, especially my senior year,” said Gift, whose team improved to 17-1 this season. “Centreville is an awesome team, and I got really scared at the end whenever they got those two corners. But our team’s defense is really good and we held strong.”

Thursday’s game saw Westfield hold narrow advantages in both penalty corners (8-7) and shots (7-6), and it also saw Fiely make a key stop. In the Bulldogs' 1-0 regular season win on Oct. 7, Fiely denied Rachel Behne in the first half to keep Centreville off the board.

Westfield, which will host Yorktown for the first round of the regional tournament on Tuesday, has not been scored upon in a six-game span that started back on Oct. 1.

“The second half of the year our defense has stepped up,” Westfield Coach Terri Towle said. “I felt like we were prepared.”

Centreville will host Edison on Tuesday night.

Bailey McDade, a UC Davis recruit, scored what Fairfax Coach Amber Beaudoin called a “college-type goal” to produce a 1-0 win for the Rebels (13-5) over sixth-seeded Langley. Fairfax, which becomes the first team not named W.T. Woodson to win the Liberty since 2005, will play Lake Braddock on Tuesday. Langley (8-10) will play T.C. Williams.

In the National District, Mount Vernon earned a 1-0 victory over Washington-Lee and will host Oakton on Tuesday. Washington-Lee will host Chantilly.

By Jason Mackey  |  October 22, 2009; 10:04 PM ET
Categories:  AAA Concorde District , AAA Liberty District , AAA National District , AAA Patriot District , Centreville , Fairfax , Field Hockey , Langley , Mount Vernon , Northern Region , South County , W.T. Woodson , Washington-Lee , Westfield  
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