By Soren Rutherford
A month into the season, Matoaca High School’s field hockey team has a 6-1 record, with their only loss in an overtime match with Deep Run, 2-1.
“We are doing really well as a team,” coach Deborah Wallace said. “And we’re working hard to improve every day.”
Annie Grace Louthan is a standout so far, as she’s on track to reach 100 goals in her career and currently stands at 95.
“She gives 110 percent every game,” Wallace said. “She has an amazing ability to play offense and defense without getting tired.”
Another player of note is Anna Pletch, whom Wallace also said gives it her all every day. Wallace pinpointed Pletch’s ability on defense and “inserting corners” during games as her biggest strengths.
Matoaca’s goalie Ally Butler has been unable to play throughout the season due to an apparent hip injury that led to surgery. Sophomore Erin Lovato has filled in admirably as if she were an upperclassman.
“To keep the same high level of play without Ally [Butler], we have upped the intensity of our defense,” Wallace said. “Running non-traditional lineups has really helped, too.”
After a road game Monday, Sept. 30, at Prince George, Matoaca has a home game Wednesday, Oct. 2, against Henrico.