●BROAD RUN 1, DEEP RUN 0: Senior Darbie Kelley’s penalty kick in the fifth minute and a stout defensive effort was enough to propel the Spartans to their fifth straight title game. Broad Run (15-4-5) will face Cosby, which defeated Cox 6-1, on Saturday in the AAA final at Westfield.
From 2008 to 2011, Broad Run won a state record four consecutive AA titles – but larger enrollment pushed the school into the AAA classification. Injuries slowed the Spartans’ start this spring, but they’re once again playing for a championship.
“It doesn’t seem real to me,” Kelley said. “It’s amazing to be here again.”
Early in Friday’s game, Broad Run forward Dani Dangremond used her speed to sneak past a Deep Run defender and draw a foul. Kelley took the penalty kick, a low shot into the right corner of the goal.
Broad Run’s defense, led by senior Chelsea Davis and junior Sam Rabinek, held the Wildcats’ speedy forwards in check. Junior goalie Haley Casanova had a strong second half against Deep Run (19-4).
●GEORGE MASON 2, JAMES RIVER-BUCHANAN 0: Senior Leah Roth and junior Maggie Mascarenhas scored second-half goals to power the Mustangs into another state final. George Mason (22-3) will go for its fifth consecutive state girls’ soccer title on Saturday morning against Region C champion Graham, which beat Clarke County, 2-1, at Radford.
In Friday’s semifinal, Roth — one of just two seniors on the George Mason roster — provided the breakthrough after a frustrating start with her area-leading 34th goal of the season. In the 51st minute, the Mary Washington-bound forward took a pass from sophomore Claire Trevisan, brought the ball down the right side of the field and snuck a low-angle shot inside the top corner of the net.
“I think [the younger players] were really nervous and didn’t want to mess up,” Roth said. “Once they figured out, it’s okay to mess up as long as we’re working hard, I think we got it.”
Mascarenhas added a 69th-minute insurance goal and freshman goalie Katie Cheney kept the Knights off the scoreboard with a six-save shutout as the young Mustangs earned the chance to play for their seventh state championship in program history.
Detweiler reported from Radford, Va.