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South County Earns Patriot Title

With 2-1 win at Annandale, Stallions win first-ever district crown.

In Patriot District field hockey action on Thursday night, South County won its first-ever district crown with a 2-1 win at Annandale. The Stallions secured the district’s top seed in next week’s Northern Region tournament and will face Concorde No. 4 seed Oakton on Tuesday.

After a scoreless first half, South County struck first in the second. Junior Megan Wears scored with 22 minutes, 43 seconds left, and senior Tierney Smith put South County ahead by two when she scored at 18:43.

“We played good possession hockey and that’s what we strive to do,” said Stallions coach Leah Conte, whose team improved to 16-3 this season. “They had a great passing game, and they finished in the circle when they needed to.”

Though Annandale scored after its only penalty corner with 1:56 remaining, Conte’s team held strong down the stretch.

“We only gave up one corner the whole game, which is great, and defensively we were just awesome,” Conte said. “We’ll enjoy it [Friday], but we’ll need to re-focus for Oakton on Tuesday.”