By Mike Moore, Correspondent
10:40 PM EDT, October 3, 2013
YORK — Something had to give.
In a Bay Rivers District clash of unbeaten field hockey teams at Bruton on Thursday night, Tabb High walked away intact, defeating Bruton 4-1.
The game was evenly played in the opening minutes, but Tabb (12-0) scored with 18:32 left in the first half. Senior Melissa Progar hit a short shot from just in front of the net after receiving the ball from Kara Enoch. The Tigers made it 2-0 with 3:07 left in the first half when Taylor Omweg scored from the middle of a crowd of players.
The second half was just under way at 29:22 when Tabb's Mallory Henderson made it a 3-0 advantage. She scored with an assist from Marie-Claire Evans. With 6:10 left in the game, Henderson scored again, with an assist from Madison Vann.
“It was intense throughout,” Tabb coach Wendy Wilson said.
Tabb took 11 shots and kept the pressure on Bruton's defense. Panthers goalie Haley Gardner made repeated saves.
The Panthers (11-1) never quit, breaking through with a goal with 1:22 left. DaSha Hill scored with an assist from Carley Shannon.
The visiting Tigers are familiar with winning. Tabb won four consecutive state titles from 2008-11 before a near-miss in 2012. It has not lost a district game in six years.
TABB 4, BRUTON 1
Half: 2-0. Goals: Tabb, Progar, Omweg, Henderson 2; Bruton, Hill. Assists: Tabb, Enoch, Evans, Vann; Bruton, Shannon. Records: Tabb 11-0, 6-0 Bay Rivers; Bruton 11-1, 5-1.
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