The Woodson Cavaliers field hockey team competed in the Under the Lights tournament this weekend at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield. The grueling affair featured 16 teams from Northern Virginia high schools playing four contests each over two days. Woodson’s early season preparation and conditioning under new head coach Meg Jarrell paid off, as the Cavs managed two wins and two ties in their four games.
Woodson opened tournament play on Friday afternoon in a rematch of last Wednesday’s . The Chargers gained a measure of pay back in the game, playing Woodson to a 1 – 1 tie after 60 minutes.
After a break, Woodson retuned to the field later in the evening to face Patriot District rival T.C. Williams. Woodson’s offense hit stride against the Titans as the Cavs posted a 4 – 1 win. Woodson’s goals were scored by juniors Kelly Stegner and Maddie Browning, and sophomores Jasmine Kim and Isabel Obregon.
Returning to Lee early Saturday afternoon for two more games, Woodson took on Hayfield Secondary School and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology. In the first game against Hayfield the Cavs started slowly before running off with a 6 – 1 win over the Hawks. Kelly Stegner starred on offense for Woodson, scoring a rare three-goal hat trick against Hayfield.
In its final match of the tourney Woodson took on TJ’s Colonials hoping to close out the weekend with another win. The Cavaliers moved out to a 2 – 0 halftime lead and looked to be in control of the game. The Colonials however, looking for their first tournament win, then battled back from the deficit to tie the game midway through the second half. With little time and probably less energy left, the two teams each fought for a final goal. That was not to be, and the game ended tied 2 – 2.