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With extra defensive attention placed on Jeff Wolons, Jamestown (17-1) relied on the scoring of Kevin Tripp to take down Nansemond River 3-1 at home during Wednesday's 4A South semifinal.
The Eagles nearly jumped out to an early lead with 21:12 left in the first half as Davis Wood sent a well-placed header on net, but the shot was turned away in spectacular fashion by the Nansemond River goalkeeper.
Both teams traded possession in the midfield before Jamestown broke through shortly before halftime.
With 16 seconds left in the first half, Tripp planted himself near the back post and put the ball into the back of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage heading into the break.
"The longer you let them think they have a chance, the longer you prolong the chance of them beating you," Jamestown Coach Bobby O'Brien said. "We had been knocking on the door, and to put a great shot on target and have people crash the net and score a hard-working type goal, it signified what we did all game."
Coming out of halftime, the Eagles executed a flawless set piece off the opening kickoff.
Wolons took the opening kickoff, dribbled to his left before playing a through ball to Tripp, who sneaked the ball underneath the goalkeeper on the near post just 10 seconds into the half.
Nansemond River countered with 27:55 left in the half after a Jamestown player committed a handball in the box, which gave the Warriors a penalty kick.
Axel Loper stepped to the penalty spot and calmly placed the shot into the right side of the net to bring the Warriors within one goal.
The Eagles put the game out of reach with 9:03 left in the game as Ryan Satira threw the ball into the box where Wolons was waiting. After a brief scrap with two Nansemond River defenders, Wolons knocked the ball into the net off a defender for the game's final goal.
The win means the Eagles have guaranteed their spot in the 4A state tournament, but not before taking on Hanover in the 4A South championship game Friday.
Jamestown 3, Nansemond River 1
Goals: Jamestown (Kevin Tripp 2, Jeff Wolons), Nansemond River (Alex Loper)
Assists: Jamestown (Jeff Wolons, Ryan Satira)
Bruton Outlasts Goochland in OT
After playing only 16 minutes of the opening half Monday, Bruton and Goochland took the field again on Wednesday to finish what they started.
Despite trailing 1-0 prior to the resumption of play, Bruton battled back to claim a 3-2 home victory in overtime in the 2A East quarterfinal.
Once play resumed, the Panthers controlled the pace of play and lived in the Goochland zone. Bruton was unable to capitalize in the first half, entering the break still down 1-0.
Bruton knotted the game up after Matt Gerdes delivered a free kick into the box where Lanson Fontaine was waiting to slide it past the Goochland keeper.
With 11 minutes left in the second half, Hunter Embry scored an unassisted goal to put the Panthers up 2-1. The game, however, was not out of reach as Goochland tied the game with five minutes left in regulation on a free kick from just outside the Bruton box.
After a scoreless first overtime period, Donevan Adkins fired a shot at the net that was turned away by the Goochland keeper. Fortunately for Bruton, the ball landed at the feet of Miguel Martinez, who blasted the ball into the back of the net for the game-winning goal.
The Panthers (11-8) will travel to take on Riverheads in the 3A East semifinal for a chance to lock up a spot in the state tournament.
Bruton 3, Goochland 2
Goals: Bruton (Lanson Fontaine, Hunter Embry, Miguel Martinez), Goochland (Fernando Ibarra, Sullivan Young)
Assists: Bruton (Matt Gerdes, Donevan Adkins)
Strong Second Half Earns Rams Trip to 3A East Final
After a slow first half, Lafayette picked up the pace in the second half to defeat James Monroe 5-2 in the 3A East semifinal on the road Wednesday.
The Rams fell behind early 1-0 before Jason Eckenrode tied the game up before the half. After an impassioned halftime speech by Lafayette Coach Brian Sorrell to challenge them to tighten up their game in the second half, the Rams came out on fire.
Reeves Trott, who finished the game with three assists, and Bryce Losty scored back-to-back goals over an eight-minute span to start the second half, pushing Lafayette to a 3-1 advantage.
Lafayette continued growing its lead as Losty and Eckenrode each found the back of the net again to put the Rams up 5-1.
James Monroe countered with a goal of their own before drawing a penalty kick. Rams goalkeeper David Domalski, who recorded six saves in the win, made a clutch save on the penalty kick to keep Lafayette up by three goals.
The win means Lafayette (13-4-2) will automatically advance to the 3A state tournament, but not before taking on Kettle Run in the 3A East final on Friday. Since both Lafayette and Kettle Run at No. 2 seeds in the tournament, the finals are supposed to be played at a neutral site.
No location has yet been decided for the game.
Lafayette 5, James Monroe 2
Goals: Lafayette (Jason Eckenrode 2, Bryce Losty 2, Reeves Trott), James Monroe (Khari Jones 2)
Assists: Lafayette (Reeves Trott 3, Steven Wigley)
York Falls to Kettle Run in Overtime
A Kettle Run goal in the first overtime spelled the end for York's season as the Falcons were defeated 4-3 at home in the 3A East Semifinal on Wednesday.
York's Clay Evans scored the game's opening goal with roughly 11:30 left to play in the first half to put the Falcons on top.
It appeared as if York was about to extend its lead to 2-0 after Dean Lytle headed in a corner kick, but the goal was waved off due to a pushing foul on the play from York.
Kettle Run later knotted the game at 1-1 with a goal off a corner kick.
After a Bailey McClure goal put the Falcons up 2-1, Kettle Run scored back-to-back goals to put the pressure back on York.
With 42 seconds left in regulation, Max Poelker scored on a header to tie the game at 3-3 and send it into extra time.
In the first overtime period, Kettle Run took advantage of slippery field conditions as a York defender lost his footing in front of the goal, giving the attacker a clear shooting lane. The ball found the back of the net for the game's eventual game-winning goal.
The loss ends York's season (16-3-2) one win shy of clinching a berth in the 3A state tournament.
Kettle Run 4, York 3
Goals: York (Clay Evans, Bailey McClure, Max Poelker)
Assists: York (Paul Mahaffy, Dean Lytle)