Courtney Hughlett came through in a big way for Albemarle’s field hockey team.
With the Patriots tied with Monticello, Hughlett, a freshman, broke the tie with a game-winner off a Claire Boyer corner with around three minutes to play.
The goal vaulted Albemarle to a 2-1 victory over the Mustangs, preserving the Patriots’ unblemished record in the Jefferson District.
“It’s huge to have a freshman step up and be able to finish especially in crunch time on a night where we had been coming up short,” said Albemarle coach Brittany McElheny.
The Patriots had to work for both goals, with Liz Yow notching the first to put Albemarle up 1-0 early in the second half after a deadlocked 0-0 score at halftime. Yow dove on that finish to connect with a ball that snuck behind the keeper after a hard shot by Caroline Jones.
The Mustangs answered later on a goal by junior Abby Engler to even the score at 1-1, setting the stage for Hughlett’s heroics in the closing minutes as both teams battled down the stretch.
“This leaves our team with a very exciting opportunity to finish out the regular season strong,” McElheny said.
Monticello keeper Nathalie Morra made life particularly tough on the Patriots with 11 total saves, stepping up for the Mustangs as Albemarle held a 6-1 advantage on corners.
The Patriots will travel to take on Fluvanna Tuesday next week while Monticello hits the road Thursday to play Louisa.