Stafford senior Bobbi Decatur's tie-breaking goal from the top of the circle about 10 minutes into the second half Thursday gave the Indians a 2-1 victory over visiting North Stafford and the Commonwealth District field hockey title.
Stafford (11-3, 9-1 Commonwealth) earned home-field advantage throughout the district tournament and the Northwestern Region playoffs. The Indians' lone district loss was to the Wolverines, 2-1 in overtime, last month.
North Stafford, which also entered the game with only one district loss, scored less than five minutes into the game on a goal by Julie Price. Stafford junior Lorrie Watts, however, tied the game six minutes before halftime, converting a pass from Stephanie Heffernan.
"This win just makes them aware of the fact that they can beat anyone when they put their minds to it," Stafford Coach Robin Woodie said of her players. "This was the first real big game for a lot of our underclassmen, and so I think they came out nervous. In the second half, they played the way they can."
North Stafford did not register a shot in the second half.
"We dominated the midfield in the second half and did a great job of keeping the ball away from our goal," Woodie said.
On Tuesday, Stafford will host the winner of Monday's Fauquier-Brooke Point game in the district tournament semifinals. North Stafford will host either Culpeper or Colonial Forge.
Stafford Tennis Loses Twice
On Wednesday, Albemarle's Kyle Montgomery defeated Stafford junior Krista Eck, 6-1, 6-0, in the Northwestern Region singles final. The E.C. Glass tandem of senior Spencer Brown and sophomore Meredith Gravely then defeated Eck and freshman teammate Laura Johnson, 6-2, 6-2, in the regional doubles final.
"[Krista] did not play badly; the other girl was just better," Stafford Coach Cathy Laub said. "In the doubles, I think Krista and Laura were both pretty nervous, but they played well."
Despite the loss, Eck and Johnson advance to the Virginia AAA state quarterfinals in Richmond on Nov. 5 against Eastern District champions Jessica Strickler and Kristin Moran of Frank Cox High School. Eck and Strickler also will meet in the singles quarterfinals.
In girls team competition, Woodbridge (16-1) will face Mills Godwin on Tuesday in the Virginia AAA state tournament quarterfinals.
CAPTION: As North Stafford's Erin Cwick (above, right) tries for the steal, Amy Gallivan moves the ball downfield for Stafford, which captured the Commonwealth District field hockey title, 2-1. At right, Lori Watts tries to score but encounters resistence from Wolverines' goalie Lindsay Ghar.