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After struggling to capitalize on deep possessions in the first half, York's girls soccer team found the back of the net twice in the second half to get past a scrappy Colonial Heights team 2-0 at home in the Conference 25 quarterfinals.
With starting midfielder Michelle Shin out of the lineup for personal reasons, the Falcons had to switch pieces around to compensate.
As a result, York came out of the gates sloppy and were caught off guard by the physical play of Colonial Heights.
"I think it took by surprise a little bit," York Coach Tom Finley said of the physical play.
The Falcons controlled possession in the attacking third for a majority of the first half, but only came away with two good scoring opportunities.
With roughly 26 minutes remaining in the first half, the Colonial Heights keeper was forced to make a diving save to stop a shot that had been redirected.
Eight minutes later, Raina Quintanilla sent a shot sailing left of the Colonial Heights goal.
In between scoring opportunities, both York and Colonial Heights players were playing aggressively against each other. It became a common sight to see a player for either team wind up on the ground thanks to a hard collision from an opponent.
Despite the physical play by both teams, the officials allowed the play to continue without drawing any cards throughout the match.
Both teams entered halftime scoreless, but that would not remain the case for long.
Less than nine minutes into the second half, Anya Johnson passed the ball up the left wing to Sophie Pereira, who sent a shot on net from the far left side of the field.
An unsuccessful redirect of the ball by a York attacker fooled the Colonial Heights keeper, who misplayed the ball and allowed it to find the lower-right corner of the net for the opening goal.
The game's final goal came with 8:55 left. York's Hannah Elford dribbled the ball along the middle-right portion of the field before firing a rocket of a shot on net.
The shot was placed right over the head of the Colonial Heights goalkeeper, who could do nothing to stop it from reaching the back of the net.
Finley said he thought his team rallied together in the second half and held up better against the physical nature of the game.
"I told the girls when it gets physical like that, you have to match the physical play," Finley said. "If the ref doesn't call it, it's not a foul. Just pick up your play and match it."
The Falcons (7-4-4) will host Warhill in the Conference 25 semifinals Tuesday.
York 2, Colonial Heights 0
Goals: York (Sophie Pereira, Hannah Elford)
Assists: York (Anya Johnson)
Warhill Routs Park View in Conference 25 Quarterfinals
Warhill's girls soccer team cruised to an 8-0 home victory against Park View in the quarterfinals of the Conference 25 tournament Friday.
The game was called with 18 minutes remaining in the second half due to the Virginia High School League's eight-goal rule.
Kirstyn Aldridge paced Warhill's offense, scoring four goals in the game while adding an assist. By halftime, the Lions held a commanding 4-0 lead, which would only grow in the second half.
Tammy Stauffer scored a pair of goals and added an assist, while Emma Johnson recorded two assists for Warhill.
The Lions will travel to take on York in the Conference 25 semifinals on Tuesday.
Warhill 8, Park View 0
Goals: Warhill (Kirstyn Aldridge 4, Tammy Stauffer 2, Victoria Hall, Aaliyah Tyler)
Assists: Warhill (Aaliyah Tyler, Tammy Stauffer, Emma Johnson 2, Victoria Hall, Kirstyn Aldridge)