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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Colgan, Freedom, Brentsville and Champe girls soccer earns wins in the Va. semifinals

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GLEN ALLEN, Va. – The Colgan girls soccer team won Friday’s Virginia Class 6 semifinals in the same way it won so many games this season.

The Sharks scored just before halftime to take the lead, but then methodically maintained their lead. With his 18th clean sheet of the spring, Colgan secured a 1-0 victory over WT Woodson at Deep Run High, giving him a chance to defend his state championship on Saturday. The Sharks will face Freedom (South Riding) for the Class 6 title.

Colgan (20-1-1) took the lead in the 38th minute through senior Tiana Cruz, who scored the winner in last year’s championship victory. Woodson (9-11-1), who started the season 1-9, couldn’t find an equalizer.

That was largely thanks to Colgan’s center back lineup of junior Bree Bridges and freshman Mei Koppers — two of the Sharks’ eight new starters coming into this season — and goaltender Chase Rooney.

“Replacing eight starters … it’s unheard of,” coach Tom Warzywak said. “The girls that didn’t play last year… they knew this was their year, and they said from the very beginning, ‘We want it.’ And they showed that every step of the way.”

Colgan will take on Freedom Saturday morning at Mills Godwin High after the Eagles (23-0) extended their perfect season with a 2-1 win over Madison.

Penn State’s Addy Hess opened the scoring for Freedom early before the Warhawks (16-3-1) responded with a goal from senior Keira McCloskey. Hess scored her 43rd goal of the season late in the second half to ensure the Eagles remained undefeated and earned a chance to claim their first state championship.

“It’s tough to win,” coach Chris Campbell said. “There are so many things that have to go right over the course of a season and over the course of the game that it’s just hard, and they just found a way.”

In the Class 4 bracket, John Champe (18-2-2) advanced to its first state final with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Jamestown at Western Albemarle High in Crozet, Virginia. Georgia’s Mya Townes and senior Keira Van Sanford scored to give the Knights a chance to make program history in Saturday’s final against James Wood.

In Class 3, Brentsville District rolled to another state final with a 5-1 win against Wilson Memorial at Monticello High in Charlottesville. Florida State’s Peyton McGovern scored twice and added an assist to give the Tigers (18-2-1) a chance to repeat as state champions. They face Western Albemarle on Saturday.

Reigning champion Independence fell to Kellam 1-0 at Glen Allen High in the Class 5 semifinals. The Tigers (20-1) had gone undefeated for 35 straight games before Friday’s loss.

McLean boys advance to the Class 6 finals

When the McLean boys soccer team needed a goal in the second half of the Class 6 semifinals on Friday, it turned to a corner kick routine that has already been accomplished several times this season.

The Highlanders sent a low corner kick into the penalty area and allowed an attacker to run over the ball to distract the defense and free up a teammate. McLean did not convert on the first shot, but the rebound fell to senior Dante Tosado, who fired a shot past the opposing goalkeeper to give the Highlanders the lead in the 58th minute.

The defenseman’s second goal proved enough for McLean to beat Gar-Field 2-1 at Mills Godwin High and advance to its first state final since 1995.

The Highlanders (17-2-2) will have a chance to claim their first state title with a team determined to make history.

“This is what we always expected from Day 1,” coach Leland Jameson said. “We talked about doing something that has never been done before. … This has always been part of the plan. We’re just getting there now.”

Junior Ada Karatepe hit a free kick into the box, which Tosado headed into the back of the net in the 19th minute to give McLean an early lead. The Red Wolves (20-2-1) responded through senior Jefferson Lopez Coreas, who fired a free kick into the bottom corner from about 25 yards out to tie the game in the 47th minute.

McLean will face Cosby on Saturday at Mills Godwin High. Herndon (16-4) fell 3-0 to the Titans in the other Class 6 semifinal after allowing two goals in the first half.

In Class 5, Riverside (18-2-4) saw its season end with a penalty kick loss in the Class 5 semifinals, with Cox going 7-6 in penalty kicks. At the end of regulation, the game was tied at 1.