Charlottesville field hockey got a first-half goal from Maya Block and a fantastic defensive effort to make it stand up as they defeated visiting Orange County 1-0 Thursday evening.
In the 10th minute, Block took a feed from Alex Ferguson and put it past Orange goalie Riley Clatterbuck for the lead. It came after a couple of early chances that didn’t quite materialize for the Black Knights.
“I was excited because we’d been practicing that one for awhile and we performed it to perfection,” Charlottesville coach Lindsay Clark said.
Clatterbuck registered four saves for the Hornets, who were held in check during the first half. They turned up the offense in the second, generating chances, but the CHS defense refused to yield.
“We emphasized in practice stepping to the ball,” Clark said. “Even if we didn’t think we had to, just step, step, step. Sometimes we can be passive and back off. I think that was a big reason why the defense played so well.”
The Hornets had a flurry in front of the net in the 46th minute, but Casey Casarez made a nice kick save for the Knights.
For Orange, it was the second straight one-goal defeat on the road to open the season following a 2-1 loss to Liberty-Bealeton on Aug. 23.
“We talked a lot at halftime about picking up our pace,” Orange coach Kelly Mason said. “Release the ball a little bit sooner, stay positive with each other, I think we did a good job of that in the second half, we just need to do a better job of capitalizing when we have the chances.”
CHS returns to action Tuesday at home against Powhatan, while Orange takes on Fauquier.