Osbourn Park Coach Kate Thomas was making junior midfielder Katie Trizna blush when Thomas described all the attributes that Trizna brings to the Yellow Jackets' field hockey team.
"She brings a lot of speed and she understands the field and where the ball should go at all times," Thomas said.
Trizna knew where the ball needed to go Monday night in sudden death overtime against rival Forest Park. She scored her first goal of the season in Osbourn Park's 1-0 victory, ending the Bruins' six-game winning streak and extending the Yellow Jackets' run to four straight.
Plus, it gave her some bragging rights at home -- and for Trizna, one of a set of athletic quadruplets, that's not always easy.
In addition to field hockey, Katie Trizna plays basketball and soccer and runs track for Osbourn Park; sister Lauren, a field hockey teammate, also plays basketball and soccer; and two brothers, Andrew and Christopher, swim for the Yellow Jackets.
"We work really well together on the field," Katie said of the chemistry with her sister. "We know where we're going to be all the time and it helps us get things going."
The Yellow Jackets (9-6-1, 5-2-1 Cedar Run District) will need similar heroics from the sisters heading into the playoffs. Leading scorer Steph Holmen is out for the season with mononucleosis, which leaves Lauren as the team's points leader with seven.
Osbourn Park, the second seed in the district, will face off at home against Fauquier next week in the Cedar Run semifinals. The Yellow Jackets split their two meetings with the Falcons this year.
Despite the loss, Forest Park should not be overlooked in the playoffs, either. The Bruins (9-4, 3-1 Cardinal District) set a school record in wins this season and handed Cedar Run leader Culpeper one of its two defeats.
"Things are still going very well for us," Coach Tim Vaughn said. "We've caused a lot of problems in the region. We still need a bit of work, but hopefully this team will have it. I pity the team we face when we finally put it all together."
Forest Park will be looking for its first district championship when it faces Woodbridge at home on Wednesday. The Bruins have received stellar play from forwards Christina Pybus and Ashby Nickerson, who have combined for 18 goals and 20 assists.
Both Forest Park and Woodbridge are guaranteed spots in the AAA Northwestern Region tournament, which also will feature three teams from the Cedar Run and three teams from the Commonwealth District.
Should Forest Park and Osbourn Park meet again in regionals, expect a close game. The teams have met five times the past two seasons, and four of the games were decided by one goal.
"There's always a lot of intensity on both sides when we play Forest Park," Katie Trizna said. "If we do play them, hopefully we'll be able to win it again."