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Saturday, June 9, 2012

State Semifinal Capsules: Loudoun Teams Go 5 of 6 Friday

(June 9, 2012) - Friday was almost a perfect day for Loudoun AA and AAA teams, especially on the soccer pitch, as local soccer teams were 4 for 4 in the VHSL state semifinals and overall 5 of 6 on the day in all sports.

Advancing to AA title games: Loudoun County and Woodgrove girls soccer; Tuscarora boys soccer; Woodgrove softball. Advancing to AAA title game: Broad Run girls soccer. Only Broad Run softball saw its season end.

Title Game Schedule
AA Girls Soccer at Radford: Loudoun County vs. Woodgrove, 10 a.m.
AA Boys Soccer at Radford: Tuscarora vs. Jamestown, noon
AA Softball at Radford: Woodgrove vs. Broadway, 1 p.m.
AAA Girls Soccer at Westfield: Broad Run vs. Cosby, 3 p.m.

Live Blogging by Viva Loudoun editor Dan Sousa from Radford Saturday.

State Semifinal Capsules

AA Softball: Woodgrove 3, Abingdon 1
Woodgrove High School senior pitcher Allie Reid struck out 14 with just one walk while allowing four hits in the win as the Wolverines advance to the state finals for the second straight year in their young 2-year school history.

Ashley Cole hit a solo home run with two outs in the first inning and the score stood 1-0 until the top of the seventh inning when the Wolverines got some much needed insurance in the form of a two-run hit by Mackenzie Moler.

Those runs were needed when Abingdon scored in the bottom of the 7th inning to make it 3-1 with no outs and the tying run up to the plate.Reid, however, struck out the next hitters and then Wolverine catcher Christy Haney threw out a runner trying to steal to end the game.

Woodgrove improves to 26-2 on the season but one of those two losses was to their state title opponent Broadway as the two teams split a non-district doubleheader in the regular season on May 5 in Purcellville. Woodgrove won the first game, 11-0, by mercy rule, before dropping the second contest, 8-5.

Reid threw a 3-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the opening game shutout of the doubleheader. The Wolverines jumped all over the Gobblers in that win with seven first inning runs.Cole and Reid each had three RBIs in the win with Cole striking for a double and home run while Reid had a double. Courtney Bogan had four hits in the win including a triple.

Broadway returned the favor with five first inning runs in the second game but Reid did not pitch in that contest. On the flip side, Broadway's Raven Greer, picked up the win in the second game but didn't throw in the first.

AA Girls Soccer: Woodgrove 3, Blacksburg 0
Woodgrove won its 22nd straight game to improve to 23-0-1 on the season and the Wolverines avenged a 1-0 loss to Blacksburg in the 2011 state semifinals.

Tabitha McHale scored goals int he 8th and 35th minutes as Woodgrove controlled the pace of play from start to finish in this game. Her second goal was assisted by Victoria Perry.

Sarah Hardison added a second half goal and Wolverine keeper Maggie Buxton notched the shutout with help from her rock-solid defensive back line of Kate Beebe, Lucy Etro, Bergen Elkjer and Brittany Basinger.

While Blacksburg had an attacking 4-3-3 formation, the Bruins could not spring their forwards loose thanks to the possession play of Woodgrove's midfield of Ashley Bonner, Lexi Clarke, Perry and Charlotte Ratcliff.

Woodgrove faces a familiar foe in Loudoun County, a Dulles District foe that the Wolverines have beaten four times this season, including wins in the Dulles District and Region II title games.

AA Girls Soccer: Loudoun County 1, Jefferson Forest 0
Loudoun County (18-4-2) controlled the play in this game with more than double the shot attempts of Jefferson Forest -- at one point in the second half the Raiders had eight shots while JF had not attempted a second half shot -- but this game was scoreless with 3:05 to play.

Forward Shauna Kain started the game-winning goal by gathering a ball down the right flank. The speedy Kain, Region II Player of the Year, appeared poised to attempt a far-post shot when she flicked a pass in to a hard-charging Allison Bills.

The JF keeper and Bills arrived at the ball at about the same time and while Bills did not get off a shot, JF could not complete clear the ball out of the 18. The ball bounced around and landed at the feet of freshman Allison Littell, who gathered the ball in, spun around and drilled a shot into the back of the net from about 12 yards out.

Raider keeper Kelsey Slack had another good game in goal with help from her defensive front of Alana Mackey, Jessalynne Ku and Elise LeVan. It was a good game all around from the Raider starts and bench support with Emily Littell, Allison's Littell's twin sister having a nice game in midfield. Sarah Olivero, Emma Sieber, Sydney Chapman and Emily Beatty all had their moments in the win.

Loudoun County is seeking an elusive title as the Raiders played runner-up to Broad Run for four years including 2010 when County lost to the Spartans at Radford in the state title game and now have played runner-up to Woodgrove this season, with all four of their losses coming against the Wolverines.

AA Boys Soccer: Tuscarora 4, Blacksburg 1
If you know your AA state soccer history then you know what a shocker this final score is as Blacksburg came in with a 21-1 record and having won four of the last seven state titles. The Bruins had only given up six goals on the season and four of those on penalty kicks with the other two coming in the run of play -- Tuscarora, a second-year school not scared of history, matched that two goal total in the first half as uber-forward Angel Ceron-Garcia struck twice on long breakaways.

In the 5th minute, he stunned Blacksburg after his calm finish after eluding the keeper who had to charge out after Ceron-Garcia was cut loose 1-on-1.

Tuscarora keeper Adam Kight was under constant pressure but he may some quality saves. In the 27th minute it appeared the Bruins might have tied it but a goal was waived off after the official ruled that Kight had the ball knocked loose by a Blacksburg player who bumped into him in mid-air.

The Huskies lead looked shaky at 1-0 going into half when a free kick clearance resulted in a long breakaway with Francisco Salvador shaking Ceron-Garcia loose. Again the keeper had to charge out and Ceron-Garcia eluded him but was off-balanced and had to collect himself and the ball.

By the time Ceron-Garcia was zeroing in on his target, two Bruin defenders had hustled back with one player on the six and approaching the Tuscarora forward  and the other drifting along the goal line as insurance. Ceron-Garcia measured a lofting ball that curled just under the crossbar and kissed the top of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Blacksburg no doubt felt with the amount of offensive chances it had created in the first half that 2-0 was not a huge hole but less than a minute after the second half started, Ceron-Garcia spotted Salvador, the lone senior on the Huskies roster, drifting in space between the Bruins defense and midfield about 20 yards out.

Salvador gathered in the pass and before anybody could react, he guided a rainbow shot that arced over the keeper's head and into the back of the net for a 3-0 Tuscarora lead.

Blacksburg showing it frustration picked up several yellow cards but the Bruins did score in the 51st minute and still had 19 minutes left to comeback but Salvador, with just four goals on the year at midfield but now playing forward in the postseason, struck again in the 62nd minute on another assist from Ceron-Garcia.

Tuscarora improves to 21-2-2 and has now won eight straight since dropping the Dulles District one-game playoff to Briar Woods in penalty kicks. The Huskies will face Jamestown in the finals after Jamesetown stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to defending state champion Jefferson Forest with the winning goal in the final seconds.

Jamestown (18-1-1) knocked Briar Woods out of the state quarterfinals with a 5-1 win over the Falcons.

AAA Softball: Cosby 10, Broad Run 2
The Spartans scored lone runs in the first and seventh innings but it was all Cosby in between as Broad Run's brilliant postseason run came to a half at Westfield Friday.

Amanda Pugh had both RBIs for Broad Run with a bases-loaded walk in the opening frame and then an RBI single in the seventh. Kamille Larrabee scored both Spartan runs. The Spartans had seven hits with McKall Miller picking up two as well as Pugh.

AAA Girls Soccer: Broad Run 1, Deep Run 0
Broad Run continues its quest for a fifth straight state title, the first at the AAA level after four straight at AA, after making Darbie Kelley's early penalty kick stand up for a 1-0 victory.

It has been a rollercoaster ride for the Spartans who now have as many wins in the postseason (7-1-0) as they did in the regular season (7-3-5). Along the way, Broad Run stormed to the Cedar Run District tournament title, survived penalty kicks at Albemarle after freshman Caroline Kerns scored twice in the final eight minutes to send it into overtime and then Broad Run knocked off the Washington Post's top-ranked team, Forest Park, got blown out by Battlefield in the Northwest Region title game, 5-0, and then turned around and shocked Kellam, ranked top 10 nationally by ESPN, 2-1 on the road.

And after Friday the Spartans are poised to win a fifth straight title but they will have to beat a Cosby team that destroyed Cox, 6-1, in the other semifinal with a late offensive that included four goals in the final 12 minutes.

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