This story was corrected on Oct. 9, an explanation follows.For Carly Pascal, Allie Band and the rest of the Thomas S. Wootton High School field hockey team, Monday night will be one to remember. The Patriots scored a pair of first-half goals, then held on to defeat host Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 2-1, and clinch the Montgomery County 4A West Division title.
Wootton applied pressure early, but did not break the scoreless tie until the Barons were penalized for freezing the ball in the circle with six minutes, 28 seconds to play in the first half. On the ensuing penalty stroke, Pascal fired a shot past goalkeeper Kiley Goodwin to give the Patriots the 1-0 advantage.
“That definitely pumped us up,” Pascal said. “I think we definitely started to put ourselves out there.”
Just moments later, Pascal found Band with a long pass through midfield. The junior attacker corralled the pass, maneuvered around Goodwin, and deposited the ball into the cage for a 2-0 lead.
“After the [goal on the] stroke, we wanted to go with a trap [on defense],” B-CC coach Ralph Goodwin said. “we just missed a trap that time, and that is what led to that second goal.”
The Barons (5-5) fought back in the second half, cutting into the deficit when Helen Webster scored off a rebound from a corner with 8:26 to play. B-CC scrambled through a series of corners late in the game, but ultimately could not come up with the game-tying goal.
“Our girls, late in the game, had a sense that they didn't want to be the first B-CC team in  years to lose a [division] title,” Goodwin said. “We dug ourselves a hole, but otherwise I felt like it was a very even game.”
Defenders Callan Yanoff and Dani Averill did their part to ensure that the Barons found no clear shooting lanes. Goalie Athena Sardelis, a freshman, came up with a pair of kick saves with the clock winding down to seal the victory.
“We wanted this win so bad,” Band said. “We knew this was going to be the toughest game of our season so far. It's incredible...Our whole team worked so hard for it. It was a good win.”B-CC's coach told the reporter the incorrect number of years for the Barons winning streak of division titles. Former B-CC coach Amy Wood confirmed they have won the division title every year since 1997, which is 14 years.