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Jalen Carr’s first-half goal proved the difference maker as Bruton’s boys soccer team defeated Virginia High School 1-0 at Radford University on Friday in the Group 2A semifinals.
With the victory, the Panthers will advance to their first boys soccer championship game in program history.
In the 26th minute of play, Carr collected the ball and struck the ball past Virginia High School’s goalie for the game’s lone goal.
The Panthers defense was able to hold tight in the second half, holding Virginia High School scoreless and advancing to the state championship game.
Bruton (14-9) will play George Mason at noon Saturday at Cupp Stadium at Radford University.
Two goals by Blacksburg midfielder Harris Salom were enough to end Tabb’s season Friday evening as the Tigers fell 2-1 in the Group 3A semifinals at Liberty University.
After a scoreless first half, Salom scored the first goal of the game in the 47th minute to put the Bruins on top 1-0.
Tabb responded in the 60th minute with a game-tying goal from Andrew Lenfant. However, with 13:40 remaining in the game, Salom found the back of the net from the right side of the pitch to go up 2-1 and secure the victory for Blacksburg.
Tabb ends its season with a record of 10-7-2.
Lafayette was unable to find the back of the net during a 2-0 loss to Park View-Sterling in the Group 4A semifinals at Liberty University on Friday.
Park View notched the game’s opening goal in the first half when forward Obdulio Funez beat Rams goalkeeper David Domalski to go up 1-0.
In the 57th minute, Park View logged its final goal of the contest to take a 2-0 lead over Lafayette.
The Rams put together a final barrage of offense against Park View late in the contest, but were unable to find the back of the net en route to a season-ending loss.
Lafayette ends its season with a 12-6-2 record.