Oakton’s Christian Ollen took a line drive to the face from point-blank range early in the first half of Friday’s Virginia AAA Northern Region soccer final against Mount Vernon, prompting him to come off and have a trainer examine his reddened jaw.
But the senior had already inflicted his own damage on the Majors’ title hopes by that point. Ollen was sensational early, setting up the Cougars’ first goal with a swift cross six minutes in, and then netting a goal of his own seconds later to lift Oakton over Mount Vernon, 3-1, securing the Northern Region crown on a sweltering afternoon in Vienna. Oakton will host Northwest Region runner-up Broad Run in a Tuesday AAA state quarterfinal.
“It looked a lot worse than it felt,” Ollen said of being pelted, but he still feared he might have re-triggered the concussion that kept him out half of the season.
Mount Vernon (10-8-2) had won six straight and scored 25 goals during that stretch. But from the outset, Oakton (17-0-2) used crisp passing to open the field up and apply pressure on the Majors’ talented back line.
About 30 seconds after senior Jared Schulman put away the Cougars first goal on Ollen’s cross, Mount Vernon couldn’t clear a ball played into the middle of its box by Patrick Moore. That’s when Ollen found a wide open net near the back post to make it 2-0 just seven minutes into the game.
“Me and [Moore], we have played together our whole life,” Ollen said. “In practice, we usually just pass to each other and do sequences just like that.”
Ben Cisse pushed Oakton’s lead to 3-0 early in the second half and slam the door on Oakton’s first region title since 1999.
●FOREST PARK WINS: In the AAA Northwest Region final, the Bruins scored two goals early in the second half and held off a late run by Broad Run to win, 5-4, in Woodbridge.
Andrew Jones scored two goals to lead Forest Park (17-2-2), which will host Mount Vernon in Tuesday’s state quarterfinals.
“We really don’t lack in the offensive production area,” Forest Park Coach Justin Joswick said. “We just try to score whenever we have an opportunity to.”
●FALCONS FINISH THE JOB: Briar Woods rallied with two goals in the second half to beat rival Tuscarora 2-1, and claim the Virginia AA District II title in Leesburg.
The Falcons will host Culpeper in a state quarterfinal Tuesday.
The Falcons (15-6-1) lost twice to the Huskies (20-1-2) earlier this season, and looked in danger of falling for a third time until Nick Der-Hacopian tied the game with a goal off a set piece about 15 minutes into the second half, and Jimmy Grace provided the go-ahead strike from 20 yards out a few minutes later. Sophomore Daniel Zeitoun provided the assist on both goals.
“Earning this title . . . at Tuscarora, is very, very important,” Briar Woods Coach Francois Bernard said. “We felt like we earned this title with a lot of sweat,”
●MUSTANGS FALL: In the A Region B final, Stonewall Jackson (Quicksburg) went up 1-0 in the first half en route to a 3-1 win over George Mason. Cole Hinson scored the lone goal for the Mustangs, who will travel to West Point in the state quarterfinal round Tuesday.