Lake Braddock 2, Chantilly 1
The one thing that hasn't changed so far this season for Jenny Eakin and the Lake Braddock field hockey team is the number of close games the Bruins find themselves playing.
Eakin scored the game-winning goal last night with less than five minutes to play in the first overtime to give No. 10 Lake Braddock a 2-1 road win over Chantilly.
"We were getting frustrated," said Eakin, who scored the winner by moving to the back post and knocking a loose ball into the open goal. "Tonight, we toughed it out and got down to it because we want to have a winning record."
The senior forward saw Lake Braddock (6-1) sweat through 13 one-goal games a year ago -- with the Bruins going 10-3 in the contests. Last night's game was Lake Braddock's fourth one-goal game this season -- all wins.
"There are things I know we can do better to avoid situations like this," Lake Braddock Coach Diane Miller said. "Chantilly came out and they went hard, and we had to go harder. It was a good game."
Both of the losses for the Chargers (0-2) have been by one goal, but the outstanding play of goalie Lauren Douthat gave them a chance. The senior made 20 saves in the second half and overtime alone.
She was also a critical part in killing off an overtime yellow card issued to senior midfielder Amy Smerdzinski that left Chantilly down a player for five minutes.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead with 16 minutes 23 seconds to play in the first half, when Carlye Nelson cleverly deflected in a ball out of the air.
The Chargers started to apply more pressure in the second half, finally scoring when Jessica Norton shot one in through a crowd with just less than 20 minutes to play.