The Grace Brethren girls' soccer team defeated Field School for the first time in program history yesterday, winning 2-0 in a Potomac Valley Athletic Conference game in Clinton.

Field was the PVAC runner-up last year and conference champion in 2002.

"This was a big win," second-year Grace Brethren coach Matt Geier said. "Last year we played them tough, and it was 0-0 at halftime and 0-0 10 minutes into the second half. Then we fell apart and lost 4-0. It was our worst loss of the year. This year we knew they'd lost some players, and we knew we'd gotten stronger."

Senior forward Ashley Leveling had both goals for Grace Brethren (7-1-2, 4-0).

Marshall Ends Skid

Marshall's football team ended its 19-game losing streak -- the longest stretch of futility in the Virginia AAA Northern Region -- with an 8-0 victory at Stuart.

It was the first victory for the Statesmen since Sept. 13, 2002, and their first under second-year coach J.T. Biddison. Marshall won without scoring on offense. A bad snap on a Stuart punt resulted in a safety, and Marshall junior linebacker David Willie returned a fumble 95 yards for the lone touchdown of the game, which was originally scheduled for Friday but was postponed because of inclement weather.

SS/SA Beats Cathedral

Sophomore Katherine Denkler and senior All-Met Jen Holden scored to give the sixth-ranked St. Stephen's/St. Agnes field hockey team a 2-1 win over visiting National Cathedral in an Independent School League match. . . .

DeMatha basketball player Jordan Nichols unofficially committed to American University, Stags Coach Mike Jones said. Nichols, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward, chose the Eagles over Niagara, VMI, Navy, Colgate and Loyola.

-- Jake Schaller

and Tarik El-Bashir