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Woodson's field hockey team played host to Concorde District foe Oakton on Wednesday night hoping to bounce back from last Friday’s loss to Westfield. Thanks to an early goal and solid defense, the Cavaliers returned to the win column with a hard-fought 1 – 0 victory over the Cougars at Woodson’s Pat Cunningham Stadium.
Junior Victoria Huenemann tallied the game’s lone goal less than four minutes into the game.
The Cavaliers made the goal stand as the game winner with a fine defensive effort. Woodson’s senior goalie Jessica Peckins had a solid outing, turning away a number of Cougars’ scoring attempts. The defensive play of the night, however, might have belonged to junior defender Claudia Muratore who backstopped Peckins to deflect what seemed like a sure Cougars’ goal late in the game.
Woodson controlled play for the better part of the first half of the game. But in the second half with Oakton needing a goal to tie, the Cougars pressed play in Woodson’s end much of the final 30 minutes. Led by stellar play from senior captains, forward Meghan Smiga and midfielder Laura Dunn, the Cavaliers withstood the pressure and continually stifled Oakton’s scoring chances to preserve the win.
The win gives Woodson a 4 – 2 – 2 record entering district competition this Friday at home against last year’s defending Virginia AAA Northern Region champion, South County.