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Northwest Region Field Hockey: Indians rebound with rout
BY JUSTIN RICE
Stafford’s field hockey team had five days to dwell on a one-sided loss to Mountain View last Friday in the Commonwealth District championship game—to “let that loss sit there a little longer and stew,” as Indians coach Dani Woodie put it.
The Indians responded Wednesday with a crisp and dominant 10–0 win against Battlefield in the Northwest Region quarterfinals at King George High School.
Stafford plays Woodbridge at 3:30 p.m. today at Patriot High School in Nokesville in the region semifinals. The winner clinches a Group AAA state tournament berth.
The rain-induced layoff since last week’s district tournament may or may not have helped, said Stafford’s Cassie Hooghouse, who had two goals for the Indians against Battlefield.
“I think it gave us some rest time from playing three games in a row,” she said, “but it also kind of hurt, because we haven’t picked up a stick since Friday. We didn’t have time to get back into it before warm-ups.”
Audre Braxton had three goals, Morgan French scored twice and Elizabeth Brownell, Lindsey Lysher and McKenzie Bowler also scored. Bowler’s goal late in the first half put Stafford up 6–0 at the break.
“We definitely fixed some mistakes from last game,” Hooghouse said. “We played as a team and won as a team.”
One thing the Indians didn’t do, Woodie said, was put the Mountain View game in the past. She said it was important for Stafford to remember that contest and keep in mind the mistakes made in that game.
“We have to,” she said. “We addressed it upfront. We don’t want to hide it. There’s a reason why those things happen. We faced it head-on, so we could get prepared.”
Hooghouse said it was one of the things Stafford discussed during the pregame, as the Indians begin the march to what they hope will be another state tournament trip.
“We’ve got to remember what happened and feel that pain and anger,” she said. “We wanted to come out here and show we want to be here, and we want to get back and go farther than we did last year.”
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