The 5A South Region semifinals field hockey match Tuesday between Gloucester and Princess Anne was a tale of two halves, eventually taken by the Dukes, 2-1.
The Cavaliers broke a scoreless tie with 2:17 left in the first half when Michelle Wu streaked down the right wing and capitalized on a pass from Shannon Lonergan. It was Princess Anne’s only shot on goal all game.
The Cavaliers’ 1-0 lead at the half was unfamiliar territory for the Dukes, who had not trailed in any game this season. Gloucester had given up only one goal to that point, in a 6-1 win in early October against Maury.
In the second half, Gloucester’s offense woke up.
The Dukes created 12 corner opportunities and totaled 15 shots on goal compared to none for Princess Anne. Gloucester controlled ball possession for the vast majority of the final half, constantly threatening with scoring opportunities.
Gloucester’s Brittany Romero tied the game midway through the second half after netting a corner opportunity that was set up by Cassidy Goodwin.
Karly Harwood notched the go-ahead goal with 10:16 remaining, tapping in a pass from Bri Greene.
Princess Anne struggled to find an offensive rhythm all afternoon. The Cavaliers failed to create a corner opportunity and rarely got the ball out of Gloucester’s offensive zone.
Cavaliers goalie Lacey Frazier put together a solid performance, highlight by a couple of diving stops, against a relentless Gloucester attack. She finished with seven saves.