After the final whistle of Saturday’s Virginia AAA state semifinal loss to Cosby, a number of Oakton players dropped to their knees on the hot turf, bowing their heads after the 1-0 loss that ended their quest for a state championship. Senior Patrick Moore remained standing; he just walked to the sideline stunned. It was still too soon to process the season the Cougars had, and it will be for a while, Moore said Monday.
The loss against Cosby was Oakton’s lone blemish of the 18-win season. It was also the first time the program had been shut out in 25 matches, dating back to 2012. In 2013’s banner season, the Cougars not only dominated all local competition en route to a Concorde District and Northern Region championship, its first since 1999.
“I’m lost for words at how amazing the season was,” said Moore, who will play at James Madison next year. “The best thing we did was bring the last Northern Region championship back to Oakton High School, for a soccer program that’s never really been properly represented [at the Northern Region tournament.]”
The Northern Region title win came in the form of a 3-1 victory over Mount Vernon, which regrouped and went on to win the state championship Sunday over Cosby in a penalty shootout that followed a scoreless regulation and four overtimes. The Majors finished second in the Post’s final rankings.
Oakton elevated its offensive play in the postseason, outscoring opponents 23-10 and beating three district champions (Lake Braddock, Mount Vernon and Broad Run) in the span of a week. Oakton never produced a dominant scorer this spring, and had to weather injuries throughout its lineup early on, but the Cougars were still among the most statistically productive teams in the area. Among the most impressive marks were Oakton’s six clean sheets, as well as its penchant to score on a consistent basis. In 21 games, the Cougars were held to a single goal twice, and shut out once.
Despite losing several graduating seniors, including Moore and Christian Ollen, Oakton coach Todd Spitalny said his group would “reload” next season. That includes returning the team’s top two goal scorers in Ben Cisse and Armand Jeffris, who was injured in the first half against Cosby. The Cougars will also return second-team All-Met defender Jimmy Jameson.
“We’re all neighborhood kids. We all live within a five-mile radius of each other,” Moore said. “I’ve had the best time I’ve ever had on this team.”
Oakton went unbeaten against local competition and outscored opponents 63-23 during its run to the Virginia AAA semifinals. . . . Mount Vernon’s penalty shootout win over Cosby capped a remarkable turnaround for the Majors, who reeled off nine of 10 wins in the postseason after entering with just four victories. . . . Forest Park All-Met Andrew Jones finished the season with a school-record 27 goals, including three in last week’s state quarterfinal loss to Mount Vernon. . . . After losing three games in a four day span in late April, Briar Woods capped its season with wins or ties in nine of its last 12 games.
1.Oakton (18-1-2) LW: 1
2.Mount Vernon (13-8-2) LW: NR
3.Forest Park (17-3-2) LW: 9
4.Lake Braddock (13-1-5) LW: 4
5.Broad Run (14-5-3) LW: NR
6.W.T. Woodson (15-3) LW: 5
7.Tuscarora (Va.) (21-2-2) LW: 3
8.South Lakes (16-2) LW: 2
9.Briar Woods (16-7-1) LW: NR
10.Osbourn Park (11-4-3) LW: 8