The goal that won the game for Yorktown on Tuesday night came off the stick of senior midfielder Andrew Liddle a little more than one minute into overtime, capping a furious second-half comeback and securing for the Patriots a spot in the Virginia AAA Northern Region tournament’s second round with an 11-10 win.
The goal that saved the game for the Patriots (12-6) came much earlier in Tuesday night’s win over Stone Bridge. Late in the third quarter, with his team down three goals, Yorktown attackman Nico Pollack sliced toward the Stone Bridge goal and with no clear shot, fired the ball behind his back. Pollack’s shot went in, igniting the Yorktown bench and stirring what had been a mostly silent crowd.
Pollack’s goal was the second in what would become a run of five straight for Yorktown that turned a four-goal deficit midway through the third quarter into a one-goal lead halfway through the fourth. While his behind-the-back goal didn’t open Yorktown’s second-half run, Pollack’s flashy play certainly sparked the rest of it.
“I’ve had one or two of those in practice, but that was by far the luckiest one I’ve ever had,” Pollack said. “That was where the momentum turned.”
Stone Bridge (11-4) was the aggressor in the first half, building a 6-2 lead. Bulldogs senior Dylan Maltz was nearly unstoppable early, scoring four of Stone Bridge’s first half goals and assisting on the other two.
The loss marked the end of an impressive high school career for Maltz, who leaves Stone Bridge as the school’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points. Maltz, who will play at Syracuse next season, finished with six goals and two assists.
“I would do anything to get those two quarters back in the second half,” Maltz said. “I want to wake up tomorrow and go to practice and I want a Thursday game, but it’s not going to happen.”
The Patriots (16-2) traded runs with the Colonials (7-7) for the duration Tuesday night. Yorktown’s lead never grew bigger than two, and the two teams fought through 20 lead changes in regulation and five more in the six-minute overtime.
Patriots sophomore attack Kristen Somers scored a pair of goals late in the extra period, the second of which put Yorktown up for good.
“I literally feel like I’m going to faint right now. I’m shaking. I’m just so happy,” Yorktown Coach Crystal Fraser said. “Kristen is a complete clutch player. . . . She does it so effortlessly, it’s almost like she just knows that she’s got it covered when we’re freaking out on the sidelines.”
Elsewhere in the girls’ Northern Region tournament, W.T. Woodson topped Robinson, 16-6, to set up a meeting Thursday against Langley, which beat Washington-Lee, 17-5. Other winners included Westfield, Centreville, Madison and Oakton, the latter of which will face Yorktown on Thursday.
In the boys’ bracket, Chantilly advanced past Annandale, 15-5, and will face Yorktown in the second round. Defending state champion Langley cruised past Washington-Lee, 17-2, to set up a date with South County, which needed overtime to beat Westfield, 10-9. Other winners included Madison, W.T. Woodson, Robinson and McLean.