VIRGINIA BEACH — The Group A/AA field hockey state tournament championship game will be an opportunity for Tabb High coach Wendy Wilson to get a ring for her thumb. Were she to get one for each goal by her Tigers on Friday, she’d fill all of the fingers on both hands.
The Tigers blew out Fauquier 8-0 in a semifinal at the National Training Center. The victory moves the four-time defending champion Tigers (23-0) into the final on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against Chancellor, which beat Charlottesville 7-1 in the second semifinal.
Look for the championship game to be a bit closer. Tabb beat Chancellor 2-1 in the Region I
final, but needed overtime to do so.
“We’re just focused on sticking together and playing hard,” Wilson said. “Obviously, Chancellor’s a great team.
“I think we’re focused, ready and excited.”
The Tigers were all of those things from the opening whistle Friday. The semifinal was just 18 seconds old when Aly Harmatz netted a shot off of a cross from Melissa Progar. Barely 11 minutes later, the pair hooked up again on virtually the same play to make it 2-0.
“It’s always nice to have Aly as a center forward,” Progar said. “You know she’s always open for you, and as a right forward, it’s good to drive the end line and see her there to finish it.
“It was nice to get on the board early. They were a good team.”
The best of the bunch for Fauquier was goalkeeper Bailey Hilton. She made 21 saves in the game, and at least five in the first half were spectacular.
“Every initial shot, she was on it,” Progar said of Hilton. “That made it harder on us, because it took a while to figure out how she works.”
Yet Hilton and her teammates found themselves on the short end of a 4-0 deficit at intermission. Harmatz added a third goal, on an assist from Hailey Van, just past the midway point of the first half, before Taylor Omweg scored courtesy of a Lauren Mitcham pass.
The Falcons never had any hope of rallying, because Tabb defenders and midfielders — including Lorissa Morton, Marissa O’Brien, Betsy Wusk, Hayley Mills and Macy Peebles — rarely let them past midfield. Tabb put constant pressure on the Fauquier net and built a 41-0 shots advantage.
After Madison Landers scored via a Morgan Ames assist, Harmatz added her fourth goal to make it 6-0. Omweg tallied a second goal before Chelsea Portuese closed out the scoring thanks to Ames’ second assist.
Then the Tigers looked forward to their attempt at a five-peat.
“It’s just kind of crazy to have this opportunity to play for another (state title) ring,” Harmatz said. “It doesn’t get old.”
Wilson said, “It’s always fun and exciting, and every year we have new girls who have never been a part of it. It’s nice to let them be involved in the magic.”
TABB 8, FAUQUIER 0
Halftime: 4-0. Goals: Harmatz 4, Omweg 2, Landers, Portuese. Assists: Progar 2, Ames 2, Vann, Mitcham, Portuese. Shots: Tabb 41, Fauquier 0. Record: Tabb 23-0.
A/AA state championship game
WHO: Chancellor vs. Tabb.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
WHERE: National Training Center, Virginia Beach.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times