Nat'l Cathedral Defeats The Potomac School 14-12 | News
McLEAN, Va. (WUSA) -- National Cathedral was able to fight off a second half attack from The Potomac School and defeat the Panthers, 14-12, on Thursday.
The Eagles led the Panthers at halftime, 9-5, by outworking the host school. Cathedral was sprinting up and down the field, lunging for loose balls and making timely passes to cutting attackers near the goal. But the hustling strategy caught up to the Eagles in the second half.
Potomac began chipping away the lead on breakaway goals from Lauren Wackerle and Maggie Duff. Suddenly, Cathedral's four goal lead had evaporated. The Eagles knew they had to change their strategy.
"We had to slow it down. We didn't have the endurance to keep pushing it. We took time off the clock and possessed the ball," said Cathedral coach Lindsey Whelan about her coaching adjustment.
The altered philosophy paid off for the Eagles, specifically Margaret Gabriel. The senior tallied four goals on the afternoon including the game clincher with 2:25 remaining, extending her team's lead to 13-10.
"In the last couple of games we've struggled in the beginning," said Gabriel, who's headed to Hamilton College (NY) in the fall. "Today we just came out with full intensity right from the start and that's what really helped us."
Cathedral sophomore Abby Keffer added four goals of her own.
Whelan said the goal for the rest of the season is to defeat rivals Holton and Sidwell Friends as well as compete for the Independent School League A Division (ISL-A) championship.
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