Girls’ soccer: Woodbridge impresses with 8-1 start

As Annie Boros flew around the field during preseason practice, Woodbridge girls’ soccer Coach Scott Kerns noticed something different about the sophomore midfielder. He just couldn’t quite put his finger on it.

“Coach Kerns mentioned how much faster and stronger I had gotten and asked me what I’d been doing in the offseason, but I hadn’t really done anything different,” Boros recalled. “I’ve just been playing with a lot more confidence and having a lot more fun.”

With players such as Boros meshing their elevated level of play with another year of maturity, the 8-1 Vikings are off to their best start since 2008, when they last won the Virginia AAA Northwest Region title.

“A big part of our success so far is a lot of the younger talent that struggled last year has gotten physically and mentally stronger,” Kerns said. “We’ve really grown up the last couple of years.”

Boros has exemplified this improvement, recording a goal or assist in seven of Woodbridge’s nine contests for a total of four goals and eight helpers on the season.

Complementing Boros’s effort up front are junior midfielder Hanna Hannesdottir (five goals in the last two games) and forward Jewel Christian. Fresh off an indoor track season that saw her earn first team All-Met honors, the speedy Christian has racked up a team-high 12 goals, scoring at least once in every game.

Her most memorable goal came in an April 2 win against Forest Park, which defeated the Vikings three times last year.

“Despite what happened last season, we came into that game very confident because we knew no matter what, we were going to leave it all on the field,” Christian said. “We connected our passes and everything came together for us.”

The Vikings’ defense also came up big, punctuating an effort that’s seen it allow just six goals and record five shutouts behind the play of goalkeeper Meagan Glover.

“We actually feel like we have eight starters that could play back there on our defense, so it’s nice to have that sort of depth,” Kerns said. “It’s been a collective effort with a cohesive group that I’ve really been pleased with so far.”

The Post Top 10

Stone Bridge has now played in four overtime contests following a 2-1, extra-time victory against Madison. . . . Yorktown has recorded four consecutive shutouts and outscored opponents, 30-3, so far this spring. . . . Woodbridge enters the rankings with eight straight wins following a season-opening loss to Westfield. . . . Centreville has lost two straight following a 6-0 start.

1. Stone Bridge (6-0-2) LW: 1

2. Westfield (8-0) LW: 2

3. Battlefield (9-1) LW: 3

4. Chantilly (6-2-1) LW: 4

5. Briar Woods (7-1) LW: 5

6. Yorktown (6-1) LW: 7

7. Centreville (6-2) LW: 6

8. Forest Park (5-2-1) LW: 8

9. Loudoun County (5-0-2): LW: 10

10. Woodbridge (8-1) LW: NR

Dropped out: Robinson (6-3-1)

On the bubble: Patriot (7-0-2), Robinson (6-3-1), Tuscarora (7-0-1)

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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