Being behind is a situation Tabb High's field hockey game hasn't experienced in almost two years. Turns out the Tigers can handle themselves just fine under pressure.
Down by a goal in the first five minutes of the matchup of unbeaten Bay Rivers District teams, the Tigers rallied to beat Bruton 1-0. Wendy Wilson, who has guided the Tigers to four consecutive Group A/AA state championships, was pleased to see her teams resiliency.
"Bruton is a strong team, but I'm happy because it's good to know the girls can bounce back and that they trust each other," Wilson said.
Bruton (8-1) scored first on Abby Cole's goal on an assist from Summer Zacharias less than five minutes in. The Panthers stayed ahead until Aly Harmatz scored while falling down on a pass from Courtney King with 13:37 left in the first half.
the Tigers went ahead 2-1 on Lauren Mitcham's goal on a
Hayley Mills assists, then went ahead 3-1 when Betsy Wusk scored on a penalty stroke on the final seconds of the first half. Mitcham scored on a rebound midway through the second half, then assisted Harmatz on her second goal to make it 5-1.
Wilson cited several Tigers for their strong play. She said Taylor Omweg did a nice job matching Bruton's speed, that Marissa O'Brien was a defensive anchor, that Mills covered ground nicely from side to side and that Harmatz was as good as always as pressuring the opposition goal.