The Cox field hockey team opened 6A South Region play Monday with an 11-0 win over Woodside in a quarterfinal match at the National Training Center.
Falcons junior forward Alexis Gingerich’s four goals in the first half powered a Cox offense that took an 8-0 lead into halftime.
Cox went on the offensive early, constantly pressuring a Wolverines defense that couldn’t solve a Falcons attack that created 18 corner opportunities, nine in each half.
“We talk about (early starts) a lot,” Falcons coach Julie Swain said. “First five minutes, set the tone. Let them know who we are.”
Seven Falcons players scored goals, while three had assists. Cassidy Atchison scored twice, including a goal from a penalty shot in the second half. Leah Crouse dished out three assists and scored one goal. Alex Brewer (one goal, one assist), Georgia Drescher (one goal, one assist), Ashley Drum and Phoebe Large added to the Cox attack.
“We’re all the heart of the team,” Gingerich said after the win. “We’re a team that everyone contributes the same amount.”
The Falcons defense allowed only one corner opportunity. It came with only seven minutes left in the match.
“We talk about ‘everything matters,’ ” Swain said. “It mattered that we didn’t let the ball in.”
The Falcons will play Crosby in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the River City Sportsplex in Richmond.