Regular season or postseason, the beat goes on for the Eastern View girls soccer team.
The Cyclones, who capped a perfect 12-0 regular-season campaign against Battlefield District opponents with an 8-0 win over Caroline on Tuesday night, didn’t hesitate to carry their dominance over to the district tournament on Wednesday evening.
Sarah Hatfield scored two goals and assisted on a pair of others, and Eastern View overwhelmed Chancellor for a 6-0 district semifinal victory at King George High School.
The Cyclones will face Spotsylvania in Thursday's 7:30 p.m. championship game, which will also be played at King George. The Knights topped Courtland 2-1 in Wednesday's second semifinal matchup.
“We have a very balanced team,” Hatfield said. “There are a lot of girls on this team who can hurt the opposing team in a variety of ways, and that’s what makes us so dangerous.”
Hatfield is one of the many versatile performers the Cyclones have on their roster this spring, and she was all over the field from the onset of Wednesday’s game.
The junior forward kicked things off—literally—by taking a pass from classmate Sofia Kimble and finding the back of the net from 15 yards out to give Eastern View a quick 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest.
Hatfield laid out a perfect pass to sophomore midfielder Karisa Kimble later in the half, which Kimble pushed past Chancellor goalkeeper Brittany Anderson to put the Cyclones up 2-0 in the 29th minute.
“Sarah does a great job directing traffic out there for us and getting her teammates involved,” Eastern View head coach Mike Garrett said. “She’s very unselfish, and her effort [today] personified that.”
Hatfield assisted on a Sofia Kimble tally that extended Eastern View’s edge to 3-0 just minutes into the second half, and then scored her second goal of the night in the game’s 56th minute to take whatever wind the Chargers (7-9-2) had left out of their sails.
The Cyclones (16-1) tacked on goals from junior forward Shyla Soper and sophomore forward Abby Schadly in the final 12 minutes to put an exclamation point on the proceedings.
The shutout was Eastern View’s 14th this season and its 11th in a row. The Cyclones haven’t allowed a goal since an 8-1 nondistrict win over Rappahannock County on March 29, and they’ve outscored their district opponents by a combined 57-0.
Garrett said his team’s jaw-dropping shutout streak and scoring margin are both products of multiple factors.
“Across the board, our team has more depth than we’ve had in a long time,” Garrett said. “We’ve also learned to hold the ball longer, and we don’t concede balls in our defensive third of the field. On top of that, we’ve got an all-state goalkeeper in Mikki [Easter], and she’s done a great job communicating with our players and getting them organized and lined up correctly in the back half on defense.”
Easter stopped both Chancellor scoring opportunities on Wednesday, but the first-team Class 4 all-state goalie wasn’t in any hurry to accept the credit for Eastern View’s dominance.
“Being an all-state goalkeeper doesn’t really mean anything,” she said. “I haven’t had to make that many saves this year, and that’s because the other girls have done such a great job. We all know each other’s tendencies, and by that I mean we make sure we have each other’s backs and we communicate and support each other.”