FRÉDÉRICSBOURG–One of the rarest footage you’ve ever seen took place at the start of Tuesday night’s Battlefield District football game between Eastern View and host James Monroe.
High school football: the ball does not bounce on the path of the Cyclones during the opening of Battlefield | High school
Taking a corner kick, the Yellow Jackets’ Charlotte Snead burned a ball that Cyclones goalie Angelina Bales intercepted just as he leaned around the right goal post.
Unfortunately for Bales and Eastern View, the ball bounced off his chest and out of reach of his outstretched arms before ricocheting off the upright and into the net.
This series of fateful events in the ninth minute of the game made all the difference in JM’s 1-0 victory at the Maury Stadium.
“What can you say, other than sometimes things just don’t turn out the way you want them to,” Cyclones head coach Mike Garrett said. “They got this one and we just couldn’t answer, even though we had our chances.”
In the district opener for both teams, Eastern View (2-3 overall, 0-1 Battlefield) indeed had their opportunities to deliver James Monroe (4-0, 1-0) to his first loss. of the season. But a big part of the reason the Cyclones couldn’t find the back of the net was the performance of Jackets goalie Zoe Hughes.
Hughes recorded 15 saves in the evening, including 10 in the second half. The sophomore made six saves in the final 10 minutes of the contest, including an effort to fend off an offer from Jordan Peterson from the Cyclones that drew applause from fans and teammates.