The Bruton Field Hockey team took a shaky start to their district record, with 3 straight losses to Bay Rivers opponents. However, the girls are not worrid as the losses came from Tabb, the second ranked team in the Nation, and Grafton and Lafayette who are both among the top of the district. A loss to the rival Jamestown Eagles on Monday would have hindered their chances at a regional appearance. However, the girls took that pressure and used it to take out the Eagles with a 5-4 win in overtime.
The Panthers took an early playoff exit thanks to the Jamestown Eagles last year. In a close game, the Panthers fell, leaving their surprisingly successful season behind them. The girls looked for revenge against their formidable foe that removed them from the playoff realm.
The game was very "back-and-forth." The Eagles took an early lead, scoring the game's first goal. Junior Nichole James responded with a stroke, tying the game. The Eagles came back with a goal of their own to take the lead once again. Sophomore Carley Shannon connected on another stroke to tie the game once again. However, the Eagles came back strong to score to goals, and took a two goal lead. As time ran out, the Panthers hopes for revenge looked slim, as did a regional appearance. However, Senior co-captains Kelly Abbinanti and Hannah Uvodich led the team out of the trenches to force the game into overtime. The Panthers scored twice within the last 5 minutes of regulation. In overtime, junior Abbey Cole scored to put the Panthers ahead for the first and last time in the game. The final score 5-4.