After a five-game losing streak through the middle of the season, the Oakton High field hockey team has started a win streak evened its overall record Thursday night with a 4-1 win over Concorde District foe Centreville.
The matchup, which Patch readers voted as Game of the Week, started with an early goal from the Wildcats when Carly Sane slapped in their first and only goal five minutes into the game.
The Wildcats managed to keep the Cougars at bay for most of the first half, but then over a span of about 30 seconds with about two minutes left in the half the Cougars' Jennifer Prosser scored two goals back to back, the second of which came off a fastbreak for the game-winner.
In the second half, Annalise Capalbo and Melissa Shebat added the Cougars' final two goals to put the final score at 4-1.
"We had a really tough start to the season. We were playing all the regional powerhouses back to back, and I think through that we really found our game and what worked for us," Prosser said. "We realized with intensity, we can step to those girls and play at their level."
As the field hockey regular season nears its close, both the Cougars and Wildcats have two games left — one Concorde District game that will decide the final standings heading into the district tournament.
The Wildcats next play West Springfield at 7:30 p.m. today, then finish their season with a matchup against Robinson on Tuesday.
The Cougars will play McLean at 6:30 p.m. Monday, then end their season with a game against rival Chantilly on Wednesday.
"I could not be more confident in these girls. Every adjustment I've asked them to make they've come through beautifully," Oakton High Coach Kaitlin Fleischmann said. "I have every ounce of faith in these girls to do everything they need to do to get far in the postseason."