Charlottesville field hockey edges Western for road win

Charlottesville’s field hockey team beat Western Albemalre 1-0 Tuesday to pick up a critical road win in the early stages of the Jefferson District slate.


A Belaynesh Downs-Reeve goal with eight minutes to play provided the difference-maker, giving the Black Knights a 1-0 advantage they held on to while enduring a 16-8 advantage on shots titled toward the Warriors.


Church McLean helped the Black Knights overcome that shot advantage with seven saves on the night in the cage. Sidney Gianakos created some chances for the Black Knights and took three shots on the night while Emmelia Kromkowski took a pair of shots.


Western keepers Paige Toms and Leigh Johnston combined for three saves. Sophie Lanahan unleashed eight shots on the night and Mallory Greene had another four for the Warriors, but Western simply couldn’t break through and come with an early goal or a late equalizer.


The Warriors will look to bounce back Thursday against Albemarle on the road while the Black Knights will host the Patriots Tuesday after their game with E.C. Glass later this week was postponed.


Correspondent Emmy Franklin contributed to this report.