Technically, Holton-Arms didn't need to win the Independent School League championship game yesterday to win the league title, because that title is bestowed upon the regular season champion. The Panthers already had won that honor, going 11-0-1 against ISL teams.
But Holton-Arms removed any lingering doubt about conference supremacy yesterday with a 1-0 overtime victory over Georgetown Visitation at Madeira in McLean.
Senior Maria Van Waggenburg scored 3 minutes 51 seconds into the sudden-death period after taking a pass from sophomore Tyler Leachman on a breakaway. The play was set up on the other end of the field, when Panthers senior midfielder Maggie Hayes stole a Visitation corner pass attempt.
Before this season, Holton-Arms had not been crowned the league champion, nor had it won the league tournament. The Panthers' win gave them at least one victory over every ISL team this season; Holton-Arms and Visitation tied, 2-2, early in the season.
"The girls just worked incredibly hard, and they've been together since Day One as far as working toward a common goal," Coach Kim Hutcherson said. "It's been a magical season, really. The best year you could hope for."
Holton-Arms finished 18-2-1; Georgetown Visitation finished 14-3-1.
The Panthers outscored their opponents 12-1 during their three games in the tournament, including a 5-1 win over fourth-seeded Sidwell Friends in the semifinal game Saturday. Senior Jenny Albinson had a hat trick in that game, helping her finish the season as the team's leading scorer with 12 goals and three assists.
St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, which had won the last two league titles, skipped the tournament this season to compete in the Virginia Independent School League tournament. The Saints placed second in the ISL during the regular season.