The Eastern View field hockey team delivered a strong offensive showing on Tuesday night at Culpeper, scoring seven first-half goals on its way to a commanding 8-1 victory in the crosstown rivalry game.
Senior Sarah Hatfield scored five goals for the Cyclones, including an impressive 60-yard sprint down the middle of the field that saw her outpace the Blue Devils’ defense before finding the back of the cage.
Senior Cassidy Morrison, sophomore Mia Hutchinson and freshman Miller Haught also chipped in a goal each for Eastern View (2-0).
The Cyclones lost eight seniors from last season’s team, which advanced to the Class 4 state championship game for the second consecutive year. Despite shutting out Fauquier 6-0 in last Wednesday’s season opener and dominating a Culpeper squad that was a Class 3 state quarterfinalist last year, head coach Peggy Allen said her team still has a lot to improve upon.
“The girls played alright, but we can still find more bad than good,” she said. “We passed the ball well, but that’s about it. We still need to be more consistent with where we place the ball in transition though. Also, I think we still have a lot of work to do defensively in order to get to where we want to be.”
Sophomore Emily Evans tallied Culpeper’s (0-3) lone goal of the evening during the game’s first half. Goalkeeper Sana Tewari also turned in an impressive performance, totaling 18 saves.
“[Sana] is still just a sophomore, so she’s continuing to progress as a player,” Culpeper head coach Claire Gianelle said. “Her clears are getting stronger, and I think she’s going to continue to be a strong asset for us as the season goes on.”
Gianelle added that Tewari isn’t the only young face on the Blue Devils’ defense this fall.
“Everybody on my defensive line, including Sana, is new,” she emphasized. “We clearly have a lot to work on, but we’ll get there.”
Culpeper’s will welcome in Spotsylvania for a nondistrict clash at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Eastern View returns to action next Tuesday with a home contest against Caroline at 4:30.