MIDLOTHIAN - Jordan Krauss held position behind the goal with possession of the ball, her stick held ready to make the pass, her eyes pointed in the direction of the scramble of orange and white jerseys as her Powhatan teammates made to shake the Clover Hill defenders and get clear for the pass-receive.
As the green space between the swarm of players and Clover Hill's goalie showed to be free of defenders, Krauss' coach Laura Camp called out for her to "See it! See it!"
“She had an opportunity for a 1-on-1 because all the girls were clustered on one side,” Camp said. “I’m trying to encourage her to see it – see the opportunity and then take it.”
She took it.
Shifting from a passing stance into a dash from where she previously stood behind the opponent's cage, Krauss rolled around and fired the ball into the net, tying the match at 2-2.
Powhatan never trailed again.
Krauss scored the Indians’ first 3 goals of the evening and tallied up 6 overall to lead her team in a 19-7 rout of Clover Hill
“She did a great job today,” Camp said of Krauss, a freshman. “She’s got such a high field IQ, excellent shot placement. I’m really proud of how she played.”
Multisport standout Michala Taylor and senior leader Nailah-Bena Chambers netted 4 goals apiece for Powhatan. In her drives to the goal, Taylor looked to be a half-step faster than the opposing defenders as the game wore on.
“She just brings power and intensity,” Camp said of Taylor. “She’s hard to stop - she is the ultimate competitor.”
Chambers helped her team pull away on her 4 goals in the second half.
Junior Hailey Camp landed 3 goals, including Powhatan's final go-ahead shot to take the lead at 4-3. Taylor added back-to-back insurance tallies following Camp’s go-ahead shot, and the Indians set sail through the remainder of the contest.
“We started out a little slow today – we got back late from Albemarle last night, I don’t know if they were tired from that game – but really proud of the girls, how they pulled through, changed the momentum back to our side and got the job done,” Coach Camp said.
Ashley Van Buskirk and Jade Dowdy each added a goal for Powhatan in the first half. Goalie Emily Stephenson made 7 saves.
For Clover Hill, Emma Ficara scored 3 goals and Emma Larkin and Alora Dunnavant each made 2.
Powhatan’s victory put the exclamation mark on a 2019 regular season that saw the team earn 8 wins against 5 losses.
“It’s a great way to end our season,” Coach Camp said. “Really excited for regionals – hopefully we can get a good matchup and get another win under our belt.”