POWHATAN - She went crashing to the ground.
Powhatan senior Katlyn Hicks, having just clipped the ball, collided with the goalie and fell past her.
She rose from the ground smiling…
…as the ball had bounced the rest of the way into the net.
Her dramatic goal followed a well-place rocketing shot and preceded a turn-and-finish to not only give Hicks the hat trick, but also lift her Powhatan varsity girls soccer team into a 3-0 lead within the first 17 minutes of game time.
Powhatan dominated the rest of its Senior Night, winning by a 10-2 landslide over visiting Orange. Hicks led the way with 4 goals overall.
For the Indians, it was a resounding conclusion to their 2019 regular season. The Senior Night festivities were heavy with smiles, laughter and tears as the Indians celebrated the contributions of nine seniors: Hicks, Kaila Cook, Maya Rottmund, Celine Lugo, Faith McNeel, Kyla Greenway, Rachel Mueller, Jennah Jarosinski and Katie McCarthy.
“Those ladies are first class – without a doubt; all nine of them just came out, answered,” Powhatan head coach Jared Rottmund said. “These girls really made the program, they really did – true leaders…just so respectful and I ask them to come out and hustle, and they leave their hearts on the field…day in, day out.”
Powhatan’s goals were completely senior-powered. Cook earned the hat trick on three fast breaks; she raced the ball downfield and sliced it past the keeper in a 1-on-1 matchup before the 20-minute mark for her first, bounced a shot off the bar and across the threshold for her second and smashed the ball into the upstairs netting for her third.
Maya Rottmund lined the ball into the corner of the net for her first goal in the closing moments of the first half, then landed her second to bring Powhatan’s goal total to 10 and end the game early with an 8-goal margin over Orange in under 10 minutes to play.
Hicks powered in goal no. 7 and Lugo skipped no. 8 on past the keeper.
“They’re hungry, they’re humble and they’re smart on the field and you can’t ask for anything better than that, man,” Coach Rottmund said. “It’s just awesome, and I will miss every one of them.”
But the season’s not over yet. The Indians will look to take the momentum of Thursday’s dominant victory into postseason play.
“If this is how we go into regionals,” Coach Rottmund said, “I’m really looking forward to it.”