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VISAA Division 1 hockey final: Chances slip past Falcons

Fredericksburg Academy head coach Karen Moschetto addresses the team after the Falcons lost 2-1 to the Cape Henry Collegiate Dolphins in the VISAA field hockey state championship on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach, VA. (Dave Ellis/The Free Lance-Star)

Fredericksburg Academy head coach Karen Moschetto addresses the team after the Falcons lost 2-1 to the Cape Henry Collegiate Dolphins in the VISAA field hockey state championship on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach, VA. (Dave Ellis/The Free Lance-Star)

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES COME BACK

TO HAUNT FA IN VISAA TITLE GAME

BY JUSTIN RICE

VIRGINIA BEACH—Nine minutes into the VISAA Division 1 field hockey championship game yesterday, Fredericksburg Academy carried the ball into Cape Henry’s defensive circle.

One shot a second shot a third shot a penalty corner a host of opportunities but no goals for the Falcons.

It would be a repeating story line for the Falcons.

Cape Henry scored goals in each half and the Dolphins downed the Falcons, 2–1, for the state title here at the National Training Center.

It’s the second straight season Cape Henry has ended Fredericksburg Academy’s season. And the two games were similar. In the 2010 state semifinals, the Falcons out-cornered the Dolphins, 9–5, but lost, 1–0.

In the first half yesterday, the Falcons had a 9–3 edge in shots, but didn’t manage a goal until the game’s final minute.

“We’ve been struggling all season taking advantage of the corners, and it showed today,” FA senior Courtney Hoffman said. “I think we played fantastic. We just couldn’t get it in and didn’t pressure their goalie enough.”

The Dolphins grabbed the lead with eight minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the first half, with Erin Scherrer scoring out of a pack.

And in the second half, the momentum seemed strongly with Cape Henry.

“I think they adjusted, and we’re just not accustomed to being down,” FA coach Karen Moschetto said. “We really had to give them a pep talk, but they never quit.”

Cape Henry’s Maddie Spear scored in the first eight minutes of the second half to extend the lead to 2–0, and the Dolphins had a 7–4 edge on second-half shots. The chances the Falcons couldn’t take advantage of in the first half became more rare after the break.

“We felt like if we had gotten one in early, it changes the momentum of the game,” Moschetto said. “There were times we just didn’t take care of the ball. We fought so hard to win possession and then we’d just give it right back to them. They’re too good, you can’t do that to them.”

FA (15–1) finally broke through with 55 seconds remaining—Mary Rose Hazel hit a hard shot off the corner inserted by Carolyn Topps. But by then time was too short for a rally.

“We got the corner we wanted and got the goal, but we just didn’t have enough time,” Moschetto said. “Getting back to the final, with a team we didn’t expect to be here, knowing we had lost five seniors and four starters, is just great. We didn’t think we’d have the season we did, so I’m just incredibly proud of them.”

Justin Rice: 540/368-5045

jrice@freelancestar.com

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