Redemption, along with near-freezing rain, was in the air last night at the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference boys' and girls' soccer tournament championships at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown.
In the boys' final, Grace Brethren defeated Washington International, 2-1, avenging a five-goal loss in last year's final. Playing in its third girls' tournament final in four years, the Field School finally earned its first PVAC banner, defeating Washington International, 3-0.
"This is the first time we've won, and I'm really excited about it," Field School midfielder Lindsey Knowles said. "It's my junior year, so I hope we can come out and do it again next year."
Grace Brethren (14-0) waited until the end of each half to score. Senior Matt Davis scored with less than a minute remaining in the first half to give the Eagles a 1-0 halftime lead. Junior Andrew Mykletun scored on a shot that skidded on the wet turf into the goal to tie the game for Washington International (5-4) midway through the second half. However, with less than five minutes to play senior David Hornickel scored the game-winner for the Eagles, to seize the championship.
"It's just so great to continue an undefeated season and get the championship," Davis said. "They beat us last year, 6-1, and we came out this year and beat them."
Field School (5-2) had lost to Washington International, 3-1, earlier this season. In that game, the Red Devils (3-4) got two quick goals and never relinquished the lead. In last night's game, Field School got the early lead when senior Samantha Schatz scored in the fourth minute. Knowles would add to the Eagles' lead in 35th minute and senior Audrey Neff scored the final goal in the 64th minute.
"I scored yesterday and then one in the regular season, so it was my third goal, but I don't usually score goals," Schatz said. "Just getting that goal was huge. When they get a goal, we kind of fall apart. But this time we got one, so we were like, 'We can keep this going, and we'll be fine.' "
Field School's seniors, who were freshmen in Coach Tara Hanlon's first year, showed their appreciation by dumping a bucket of ice water over her, despite the frigid conditions.
"These coaches started with us when we were freshmen, so they've seen us through to the end," Schatz said. "Our season was almost nothing because of the sniper and everything, so this is a very nice ending."