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For the second straight season, Kellam will be heading home as a state runner-up.
The Knights battled hard, but fell to James Madison and the Warhawks’ vaunted defense 1-0 for the Class 6 state field hockey championship Saturday at Kellam High School.
Tess Satterfield scored the game-winning goal for Madison (15-0) at the end of the third quarter.
Coming into Saturday’s contest, Madison presented a big challenge for the Knights. The Warhawks were undefeated with 14 straight shutouts and a 44-0 goal differential, while Kellam (11-2) had dropped just one previous matchup, a close loss to Cox.
Throughout the game, Madison’s offense kept up the pressure on Kellam goaltender Julia Gadsby, who came up with some huge saves to keep the Knights in it.
“She did a great job,” Knights coach Nicole Morgan said. “She stepped up. She does a great job of communicating with our defense, which is why we were able to hold them to not a lot of shots or corners, and I’m extremely proud of her. She had some great step-ups in one-on-one situations, and I couldn’t be more proud of how hard she works and how well she communicates.”
Despite the loss, Kellam continues to be a program on the rise. After advancing to their first-ever state field hockey tournament in 2019, the Knights have now made an appearance in two straight finals. And they’re already prepared to do it again.
“We’re going to keep fighting. (The players) have a lot of heart and they want it,” Morgan said. “You can see that they didn’t give up at any point in the game. One bad defensive mistake cost the goal, but they want it and they’re going to be coming back next year ready for it again.”