Lady Warriors clinch tourney spot

Published 9:38 pm Monday, October 18, 2010

Nansemond River junior Mary Gover cuts off a Great Bridge player Monday during NR’s 3-0 win at Great Bridge. The win clinched a Southeastern District Tournament spot for the Lady Warriors (10-3, 6-2).

CHESAPEAKE — Nansemond River locked up the fourth and final spot in the Southeastern District Field Hockey Tournament with a 3-0 win at Great Bridge Monday evening.

Jessica Adams scored both of the Lady Warrior goals in the first half, in the 16th and 28th minutes, and Great Bridge never threatened more than on a couple brief spells throughout the 60 minutes.

Nansemond River head coach Allison Mowry credited her defense, not only for keeping the Lady Wildcats off the board and barely with a shot on goal, but also for leading to the Lady Warrior offense.

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“Our defense really played well clearing and stopping everything before it reached our circle. They did an excellent job keeping the game in the offensive end,” Mowry said.

Backs Audrey Dailey, Jordan Morris and Loren Daubenspeck routinely sent 30- and 40-yard-long hits down the field, turning potential Great Bridge rushes into more attacking by the Lady Warriors.

Nansemond River earned four penalty corners in the first 12 minutes and outshot Great Bridge 13-1 in the first half.

Adams deflected in a sharp, bouncing cross from deep on the right wing by Perri Holloman for the opening goal.

A ton of Lady Warrior pressure paid off just before halftime when Casey Vernon and Holloman broke up a Great Bridge clearance. Vernon sent a shot toward goal. Adams knocked the ball down and flicked it into the goal from a few yards away.

The Lady Warriors added more insurance seven minutes into the second half. Holloman started and finished a corner for a goal, scoring off a rebound from her younger sister Shelbi’s hard drive on goal.

Lindsay Hunter played the first half in goal for NR, but didn’t need to make a save. Brooke Street made two saves in goal in the second half.

Nansemond River (10-3, 6-2) visits Lakeland Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. for the last district regular-season match for both schools.

If Lakeland (16-0, 8-0) wins, the Lady Cavaliers would have the outright district title for the season and it would bring up a rematch of No. 1 Lakeland vs. No. 4 Nansemond River in the semifinals of the district tournament.

“Hopefully we’ll give Lakeland a solid game. It’s always fun playing against a Suffolk rival,” Mowry said.