Girls Soccer Roundup: Lafayette Falls to Brentsville in 3A East Semifinal

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Under wet and slippery conditions, the Lafayette girls soccer team struggled to gain traction against a stout Brentsville defense.

The Rams ultimately fell by a final of 3-1 at Wanner Stadium in Wednesday's 3A East semifinal matchup.

Both Lafayette and Brentsville played at a slow pace in the first half, mainly due to the wet field conditions.

The Rams had its best scoring opportunity in the first half with about eight minutes remaining when, after receiving the ball in the box, Carson Pokorny dribbled to her right, juking past the Brentsville goalkeeper in the process.

Instead of putting the ball on net, which had two Tigers defenders shielding it, Pokorny opted to throw the ball into the middle of the box where it was promptly cleared.

The second half was a far cry from the first, with both teams upping their aggressiveness on the field.

With just under six minutes eclipsed in the second half, Brentsville broke through for the game's opening goal as Selena Mendo delivered a solid through ball to Amanda Whitley, who slotted the ball into the lower-left corner of the net.

The Tigers got on the board again with 25:44 left in the second half after a ball was sent into the box and fell near the far post. Lafayette defender Alyssa Hogan attempted to clear the ball from a defender right over her shoulder, but instead deflected the ball into the net to put Brentsville up 2-0.

Lafayette refused to quit, cutting into Brentsville's lead with 9:45 left to play. Peyton Kilgore delivered a set piece from roughly 30 yards out toward the goal, where it deflected off the head of a Brentsville defender and past the keeper to bring the Rams within one goal.

"I knew once we got one we would be good to go," Lafayette Coach Kevin Nealer said. "They played as a completely different team once we got that first goal."

With a renewed sense of confidence, the Rams repeatedly pressed on the offensive end, recording multiple shot attempts that were turned away by the Brentsville defense.

The rally would not last long, however. With 3:12 left to play, Brentsville's Allie Angel delivered an accurate cross into the box where Selena Mendo was waiting to finish it.

Lafayette's season comes to a close one win away from guaranteeing a berth in the Group 3A state tournament.

Despite the loss, Nealer chose to focus on the positives with his team instead of wallowing in the defeat.

"I reminded the girls of what we accomplished: a great record, number one in the conference and a conference championship, which I don't think anyone expected us to do," Nealer said. "They overachieved, which is good. It always stinks to lose here, but it was a great season by them."

Brentsville 3, Lafayette 1

Goals: Brentsville (Amanda Whitley 2, Selena Mendo), Lafayette (Peyton Kilgore)
Assists: Brentsville (Selena Mendo, Allie Angel)

 

Jamestown Ousted in Double Overtime

After withstanding a barrage of shots through the entire game, Jamestown goalie Juliette Sim finally succumbed to the relentless attack of Midlothian during the 4A South semifinal Wednesday.

Jamestown's Maddie Clevinger scored for the Eagles in regulation, which helped send the game into overtime.

Sim, who turned away 12 shots in the game, eventually gave up the game-winning goal in the second overtime period.

The loss means the Eagles (9-5-4) wind up a win away from reaching the Group 4A state tournament.

Midlothian 2, Jamestown 1

Goals: Midlothian (Kathryn Miller, Jessica Scruggs), Jamestown (Maddie Clevinger)

 

John Champe Rolls Past York

The York girls soccer team saw its season come to a close at the hands of John Champe during a 6-1 road defeat during Wednesday's 3A East semifinal.

York finishes the year with an 8-6-4 record and comes up one win short of earning a berth in the 3A state tournament.

No individual statistics were reported for this game.

John Champe 6, York 1

 

Nansemond River Edges Tabb in 4A South Semifinal

Tabb's girls soccer team finished its season with a tough 1-0 loss at home to Nansemond River in the 4A South semifinal Wednesday.

Tabb finishes its season with a 12-4-1 record and winds up one game shy of reaching the Group 4A state tournament.

No individual statistics were reported for this game.

Nansemond River 1, Tabb 0

Girls Soccer Roundup: Lafayette Falls to Brentsville in 3A East Semifinal