Jordan Silkowitz has been in goal for W.T. Woodson for the past four seasons, her career dotted with breathtaking saves. For Cavaliers Coach Warren Williams, one feat of athleticism from Silkowitz’s freshman year sticks out.
It was early in the season, and the conditions were frigid. Silkowitz, seeing a ball screaming for the net, dived to her left, her body parallel to the ground, and used her right hand to punch the ball over the crossbar.
“That’s not something you normally ever see for a freshman,” Williams said. “She did it, and it was natural.”
Those kinds of feats have come to define Silkowitz’s career, which will continue next year at Ohio State. First, she aims to lead a W.T. Woodson team that has made its name on defense to postseason success. The Cavaliers received a first-round bye in the Patriot District tournament.
“She’s something special, as far as goalkeepers go,” Williams said.
It helps that the Cavaliers have a strong back line. Senior center back Faith Stynchula has played with Silkowitz throughout high school, so the two have developed chemistry that makes life difficult for the opposing offense.
Six of W.T. Woodson’s 10 victories this season have come via shutout.
“Defensively, we’re pretty tight,” Williams said. “They’ve played together long enough, so they know when to step up and when to hold. They cause problems for other teams because they’re tight as a team and they’re coordinated.”
The Cavaliers aren’t afraid to work the ball from the back, given Silkowitz’s presence in goal. They’re opportunistic on offense, not forcing shots but taking advantage of opportunities. It’s a formula that has delivered success this season, and one the Cavaliers hope carries over into the playoffs.
1. Madison (12-0-2) Last ranked: 1
Elsa Sontheimer and Julia Leas scored to push the Warhawks past Centreville, 2-0, and into the Concorde District final against Chantilly.
2. Yorktown (15-1-1) LR: 2
The Patriots overwhelmed Washington-Lee for a 4-0 victory in the Liberty District semifinals.
3. Patriot (15-0) LR: 3
The Pioneers play Osbourn Park on Wednesday night in the Cedar Run District semifinals.
4. Battlefield (13-3) LR: 4
With leading goal scorer Emilene Parham sidelined with an injury, the Bobcats beat Osbourn, 1-0, to advance to the Cedar Run District championship game.
5. Chantilly (10-2-2) LR: 5
Serena Pham assisted on Lauren Shourds’s goal as the Chargers beat Oakton, 1-0, to advance to their third matchup of the season against Madison.
6. Potomac Falls (13-2-1) LR: 7
Casey O’Connor scored the lone goal in the Panthers’ 1-0 win over Tuscarora to close the regular season.
7. Briar Woods (12-1-2) LR: 8
Abby Maltese scored a pair of goals as the Falcons cruised past Rock Ridge, 7-0, to claim the Potomac District regular season title.
8. W.T. Woodson (10-0-3) LR: 9
The Cavaliers’ Patriot District semifinal matchup against South County was suspended by Tuesday’s stormy weather late in the first half with the teams scoreless. It will resume Wednesday.
9. T.C. Williams (14-1) LR: 10
The Titans beat Annandale, 9-1, to advance to the Gunston District final.
10. Tuscarora (10-3-3) LR: 6
The Huskies ended the regular season on a sour note with losses to Briar Woods and Potomac Falls.
Dropped out: None