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Westfield Holds Off Rival Centreville, 1-0

Westfield goalkeeper Katie Fiely had a pattern going. Earlier this season, Fiely had stopped a penalty stroke during the Bulldog Invitational, only to let one through a few weeks later during a 4-1 victory over Robinson.

So when Fiely deflected an attempt from Centreville’s Rachel Behne during the first half of Wednesday night’s Concorde District field hockey showdown, she knew it was going to be a good night.

“When I stopped it, I was thinking this could be the game-changing moment,” Fiely said.

Turns out Fiely was right, although maybe it’d be more appropriate to call it a game-preserving moment. Fiely’s stop came less than three minutes after Westfield senior Elizabeth Reilly put the Bulldogs ahead -- a lead that Fiely’s save helped to protect.

With Westfield’s 1-0 win, the No. 8 Bulldogs improved to 13-1 and 4-0 in the Concorde District. It was the sixth shutout thus far for Westfield, which has only allowed eight goals all season. Centreville dropped to 12-1 overall, 3-1 in district play.

“This was one of our games that we were really looking forward to, so our plan was to come out, score fast and keep our intensity up the entire game,” Reilly said. “We did a good job of that.”

With 22:08 to play in the first half, Reilly converted a pass from junior Molly Cronin with Centreville goalkeeper Carolyn Macek sprawled out on the ground. The one-goal output was somewhat atypical for Westfield, which is averaging 2.85 goals per contest this season.

According to Centreville Coach Meghan Doran, the Wildcats played much more passive than they had all season. Instead of dictating play, Doran said, her team was too caught up in chasing Westfield.

“This wasn’t our best game,” Doran said. “We needed to make some decisions faster, but I think we played a much more reactive style of play than we have in other games. That doesn’t work for us or anyone else for that matter.”

Centreville did have its chances to tie the score. In addition to Behne’s penalty stroke, senior Haili Hartman uncorked a wicked shot off of the Wildcats’ third corner, but Fiely was able to slide to her right and make a pad save midway through the second half.

“She’s worked hard and she remains very positive,” Westfield Coach Terri Towle said of her goalkeeper. “I’m really proud of her because she definitely did step up in this game. I think our entire defensive line stepped up, too.”

In front of Fiely, Meghan Winesett, Hannah Winfrey, Ally McGovern and Stephanie Poppe teamed to make sure the work required out of their goalkeeper was minimal, as Fiely was only required to make four saves.

But on Centreville’s sixth and final shot, Fiely made a kick save to rid her crease of the loose ball, ultimately preserving her team’s lead.

With three district games this week, Westfield finds itself at the crux of its season. So far the Bulldogs have notched wins over Herndon (4-0) and Centreville while rival Chantilly awaits on Friday.

“We went into this week knowing that this week was going to be very difficult,” Towle said. “We only have five district games and we’re playing three of them Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We always talk about competition … although sometimes it’s hard on my heart.”

By Jason Mackey  |  October 8, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  AAA Concorde District , Centreville , Field Hockey , Westfield  
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