BETHESDA – The Winston Churchill High School field hockey team opened the 2019 season to a hot start with a 4-0 record.
However, when the Lady Bulldogs visited 2-1 Walt Whitman on Sept. 19, an early goal was enough to gain an important 1-0 road victory to win their fifth-straight game.
Senior defender Cecilia Hu received a pass from senior attacker Grace Carnathan before knocking the ball past Whitman senior goalie Victoria Silvani with more than 25 minutes to go in the first half to give Churchill the one-goal lead.
“It’s not that often that I get to score because I’m usually a defender,” said Hu. “So, just being able to score that goal felt really special for me and the team.”
For the remainder of the game, Hu and the Lady Bulldogs defense withstood the Lady Vikings attack to maintain their lead and the shutout.
Playing for the first time on Whitman’s new field, Churchill showed their best defensive performance with several stops and clears while creating attacks with quick movements up the field.
Senior midfielder Lucia Alem and junior forward Jordyn Reicin worked well to create attacks and sent the ball up the sidelines. Meanwhile, juniors Claire Kim and Katherine Yi did a good job at making stops on defense.
For Whitman, junior forward Jessica Solomon moved the ball around with ease and actively worked to find an open teammate before going straight towards the goal net.
However, no Lady Vikings player was able to send the ball past Churchill goalkeeper Allison Jacobs, who finished with three saves to secure the victory.
“It feels great,” said Hu about the Lady Bulldogs’ start. “It’s more than I could ever ask for. A great start to our season.”
Churchill will look to continue their successful run as they travel to take on Walter Johnson on Sept. 26. Whitman will face Richard Montgomery on Sept. 27.