Disrupted practice schedules and postponed game have left area girls' soccer coaches scrambling, but Park View's Sharon Welch may have been the most affected. The Patriots' two scrimmages were victims of bad weather in early March, and the school's fields have been slow to dry.
"There is standing water on our practice field," said Welch, who sends her players running to practice at nearby Sterling Middle School. "And our game field is one of the flattest in the district. It doesn't drain well, and the corners are real damp and soggy."
At the start of this week, Park View (1-1) was the only Dulles District team that had not played a district game. The Patriots, whose match against Broad Run was postponed last week, are scheduled to face Potomac Falls tonight as part of a doubleheader involving boys and girls teams.
"It's unbelievable," Potomac Falls Coach Kris Kelican said of the weather.
The Panthers' first meeting with Broad Run has been washed out twice, and the teams are scheduled to face off in back-to-back games April 24-25.
Foul weather has also forced Liberty (0-3) to face three of the toughest Dulles District teams -- Potomac Falls, Broad Run and Loudoun County -- without having an opportunity to match up against any Northwestern District foes.
Broad Run Is on a Roll
Broad Run's fast start has been keyed by sophomore forward Liz Frank, who has nine goals and four assists in the first four games, all victories. Meantime, senior goalkeeper Kim McDonald and the Spartans' defense have shut out two opponents and yielded three goals overall.
But the strong start hasn't convinced first-year coach Claire Collins.
"I think what will be the test will be when we play a faster team like Potomac Falls," she said. "You can't tell how your season is going until you've faced them."
The Spartans' offense has taken to the new pass-oriented system, Collins said, and the defense has played with confidence. But that doesn't mean Collins is satisfied.
"We still have a lot more to work on," Collins said, "and we're trying to take advantage of the nice weather we do have." . . .
After recording nine shutouts and allowing four goals entering the state final last season, Potomac Falls again is making things difficult for opposing offenses.
The Panthers, led by junior sweeper Toni Dionne, have outscored opponents, 22-3.