An Annandale freshman spoiled No. 5 Lake Braddock's senior night last night as the Atoms knocked off the host Bruins, 2-0, in a pivotal Virginia AAA Patriot District field hockey match.
Atoms freshman Mary Bermingham broke a scoreless tie with 19 minutes 52 seconds remaining, and Annandale's defense, which stifled the Bruins throughout the game, held off Lake Braddock's late offensive surges to preserve the victory.
"We worked on playing defense even in our attacking third and really wanted to keep the pressure on and not give them any free possessions anywhere," Annandale Coach Cindy Hook said. "The girls really stepped up and played very well together."
With the win, Annandale (7-4, 5-0 Patriot) dealt the Bruins (12-3, 4-1) their first district loss and could clinch the outright district title with a victory over Robinson tomorrow.
"We've been building up to this all season, and they're our big rival, so it felt great to beat them," Bermingham said.
After a scoreless first half that featured few scoring opportunities for either team, the Atoms took control offensively after halftime.
About 10 minutes into the second half, the Atoms were awarded a free hit deep in Lake Braddock's end. The ball found its way through a mass of players in front of the Bruins' goal and ended up on the stick of Atoms midfielder Sarah Sheehan. Sheehan crossed the ball to Bermingham, who found the back of the goal.
"This is probably the biggest goal I've ever scored," Bermingham said.
Annandale added an insurance goal with 10:30 remaining when forward Diana Hollingsworth emerged from a scramble in front of the Bruins' goal and scored.
"They got a couple nice shots, and I think we kind of had a breakdown on defense," Lake Braddock Coach Diane Miller said. "They're a nice team to watch play. They're very skilled and very disciplined. If we get a chance to play them again, we've got to pick it up."
Olson Leads T.C. Williams
Andee Olson scored the winner 5:52 into overtime to lead visiting T.C Williams past Hayfield last night, 2-1, in a AAA Patriot field hockey game. Olson also assisted on a goal by Caitlin Williams in the first half.
Special correspondent Andrew Levine contributed to this report.