Eastern View High School’s field hockey team is going back to the state semifinals for the first time since 2014.
The Cyclones advanced in the state semi finals Wednesday defeating Chancellor 1-0 behind the lone goal by Cassidy Morrison.
After a scoreless first half, the Cyclones came out motivated in the second half and dominated the period. Morrison scored at the 26:12 mark following an intense scrum in the goal, digging the ball out from the goalie’s pads and punching it in for what turned out to be the difference maker.
“I just knew to keep playing to the whistle,” Morrison said. “I just had to get it in and I knew we needed a goal.”
EVHS head coach Peggy Allen praised her team for playing hard and with passion for the full 60 minutes. As for Morrison’s goal, she said the right player was in the right spot at the right time.
“That’s her game, she just keeps her stick down and stays low,” Allen said. “As tiny as she is she’s really good about staying down on the ball and being really forceful.”
Chancellor had a chance to score early, but the Cyclones’ defense shut down an early corner attempt and the Chargers were on their heels the rest of the game.
“They’re well-coached,” Chancellor head coach James Larkin said. “They are a real athletic group and they are strong. They’ve got more horses, they have more talent. Every time we played them we’ve forced a corner or two in the first four or five minutes of the game, and we haven’t converted. It happened again tonight.”
The Cyclones dominated offensively in the second half, with more than eight corners but couldn’t score against a Chancellor team they were facing for the fourth time this season.
“It was kind of stressful because it was 1-0 and they could have easily come back,” Morrison said. “We just had to keep finishing on our corners.”
Allen said the girls were frustrated about not scoring on the corners, but said they know they have to be quicker to the ball to be successful. The slick conditions on Wednesday played a role, as the game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was rescheduled due to heavy rain.
“This is nothing compared to what they will have on Friday,” Allen said.
Friday is the Class 4A state semifinals against Heritage High School at Virginia Beach. Playing on the fast turf surface will be another challenge to overcome for the Cyclones.
“Tomorrow (Thursday) gives us time to get down there and get used to the surface,” Allen said.
Chancellor head coach James Larkin
“They gave me everything we had throughout the year,” Larkin said. “We weren’t at full strength, our best forward got hurt in the last game. It definitely hurt our attack a little bit, but that’s been our achilles heel all year – trying to score goals.”