Field Hockey stays dominant with win over Lewis


Sandy Karabelas dribbles towards the goal against Herndon during their Sept. 8 game. The Atoms lost to the Hornets (3-1) in an overtime thriller.

Field hockey continued to stay dominant this week with two shutout victories on Tuesday and Thursday over Woodbridge (5-0 and Lewis (8-0), improving their record on the season an impressive to 6-3.

“We’ve played really well together this season, we went 3-1 in our tournament and we’ve won our last two games,” senior Sydney Wilmes said.

“I think it helps that we only lost one senior last year so we’ve returned most of our team, it’s been a good start to the season and we want to continue to build off of that,” Wilmes said.

After a slow start to the season, losing back to back games to George Mason (2-3) and Herndon (1-3), the Atoms have pulled off an impressive 6-1 stretch.

Dominant victories over Wilson and Falls Church led to the Atoms finishing 2nd in the Justice invitational tournament last weekend.

Five of the last 6 wins for the girls have been impressive shutout victories, winning those 5 games alone by a combined 31-0. Largely due to a complete effort from the entire team, dominating opponents on all facets of the field.

Field hockey struggled to find a rhythm during the 2020 season, finishing with a record under .500 and a number of heartbreaking losses.

Despite that, the 2021 team has brought a new passion and energy to the field every day, resulting in long win streaks and new expectations of a District title pursuit.

“No doubt having crowds in the stands again really helps us with our intensity,” junior Sophia Williams said. “No matter what situation we are in, they always bring energy and cheer us on.”

With improvements on both offense and defense and elite chemistry, the team is looking to finish the rest of the season strong and make a deep run in the district tournament.

“I only really have one goal for the rest of the season, and that is to win,” junior Kaleia Cook said.

“I want to play with no regrets, continue to work on our skills and chemistry, and compete to win the district with my teammates,” Cook said.

There are currently 7 games left on the schedule for the Atoms before the district tournament begins.

AHS faces off against Hayfield on 9/8 to try to expand their win streak to 4 games.