In their second matchup of the season, the Lake Braddock field hockey team beat Mount Vernon on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Conference 7 tournament and secure a berth in the 6A North region tournament.
The No. 2 seed Bruins beat the No. 7 Majors 2-0 on two goals from junior midfielder Haley Hopkins. Both teams went back and forth for most of the game before Hopkins tapped in a goal with 13:38 remaining in the game. Just over four minutes later, Hopkins scored again. Goalies senior Katherine Thompson and junior Ciara Weets combined for the shutout.
“We got the win,” Lake Braddock head coach Marie Bounds Bullock said. “It wasn’t our best. We came out a little flat, but we picked it up and kept putting the ball in the net.”
While the first half was very even, Lake Braddock took hold of the second half and picked up two goals. When given opportunities in the circle, the Bruins were able to put the ball away.
“Braddock finished in the circle,” Mount Vernon head coach Jessica Edwards said. “We didn’t finish our shots. They finished their shots and had more of a presence in the circle.”
With the loss, Mount Vernon’s season came to an end. The Majors finished with a 3-13 record and one conference victory.
“I thought our girls played really well overall," Edwards said. "We had shots on goal and we had corners. Overall it was a pretty evenly matched game. Braddock was just able to put the ball away.”
Lake Braddock (11-5-1) will host No. 3 Woodson (8-7-2) in the conference semifinals at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22.