Sergi leads Broad Run into 5A North final against Albemarle

Sammy Sergi was just 5 feet 7 and about 110 pounds when he embarked on a weeklong trip to Europe four years ago, a slight eighth grader playing in the Olympic Development Program against older competition in Spain and Germany. It was on that trip that Sergi learned the art of “using my brain,” as he puts it, and his sensational season at Broad Run can be rooted back to that experience in the spring of 2011.

“That’s where I really developed as a player. Got my vision,” Sergi said. “Now that I’ve grown six inches and I’ve developed, that vision has come to my advantage.”

Now at 6 feet 2 and 160 pounds, Sergi’s frame has become one of his best gifts – he has headed in nine of his 19 goals this season – but the skills he learned as an undersized teen are still at the core of his development.

Broad Run (16-1-1) will play in the Virginia 5A North Region title game Friday night against Albemarle ahead of next weekend’s 5A state playoffs – having won 13 of its last 14 matches, with the junior Sergi playing a pivotal role in that stretch.

“It’s a huge turning point for the program,” Sergi said. “Our seniors have been playing together since we were four years old. And that bond between us is really going to motivate us to get that win.”

Sergi’s most complete game of the season came earlier this week in the 5A North Region quarterfinals, when he scored two goals in a 5-1 win over Massaponax.  The goals came after Broad Run went a man down early in the game, and the performance marked the seventh multi-goal game for Sergi this season.

Those showings came against some of the area’s best teams; he scored two goals each time Broad Run played Tuscarora earlier this spring, including a dramatic comeback win in April. He had two against Briar Woods in a win in early May, and added two assists in a postseason win over the Falcons on May 29.

A breakout junior season has turned Sergi, who plays club soccer for the Loudoun 95 Red under George Mason assistant John O’Hara, into a serious college prospect. His top school at the moment is Penn State, and he has also received interest from South Carolina, George Mason and High Point, he said. He is planning to make a decision later this summer.

“Just this year has been a huge confidence booster from high school, scoring the goals that I have,” Sergi said. “It’s really helped me develop well as a player.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 4

Goals scored by T.C. Williams junior Eryk Williamson in Thursday’s Virginia 6A North Region title game against Washington-Lee, helping the Titans win their first region championship since 1974.

BREAKFAST LINKS

–Battlefield won its fourth consecutive 6A North region girls soccer title Thursday, beating Centreville thanks to strong performances by Colleen Gawkins and Becca Callison. 

– Osbourn Park didn’t rest on its laurels in Thursday’s 6A South Region boys’ lacrosse final, outrunning Battlefield to take home the title. 

– Jefferson’s boys’ and girls’ tennis teams turned in a dominant performance across the board in Thursday’s 5A North Region tournament.

–Madison’s Grayson Campbell is named the All-American men’s diving champion by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Thursday. 

VIDEO OF THE NIGHT

PHOTOS OF THE NIGHT

WHAT TO WATCH

Softball: 6A North region final, South County at Lake Braddock, 4 p.m.

The Stallions (23-2) will look to take down Lake Braddock (25-1) ahead of next week’s 6A state tournament. South County won 1-0 in this matchup in late April, handing the Bruins their only loss of the season.

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