The Trojans’ field hockey team has had their most successful season in years thanks to a dedicated and talented group of girls and the leadership of second-year head coach Emily Mauk. The Trojans entered the VISAA Division II state tournament with a 13-4 record, good enough to earn them the #3 seed and the chance to host their first state playoff game since 2014. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the Trojans hosted #6 Fredericksburg Christian School in the first round in their quarterfinal matchup.
Both teams traded opportunities in the first half but were unable to get a goal on the board. In the third quarter, it was the Trojans who struck first thanks to a goal from Hailey Diggs ’24. Playing with the lead, the Trojans continued on the attack and eventually added some insurance with a goal by senior Nicole Hagopian early in the fourth quarter. The Eagles of Fredericksburg Christian did not go down without a fight as they continued to battle and pushed across a goal with just over five minutes remaining in the game to cut the Trojans lead to 2-1. The Trojans were able to control the ball for the majority of the final few minutes and the score remained 2-1 until the final buzzer sounded. This was the Trojans’ first state playoff win since 2011 and their fourteen wins this season is the most in recent history.
The Trojans will now advance to the state semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 11, against the #2 seed Fredericksburg Academy. The game will be played at 2:30 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Field House.