The season’s trajectory has become pretty predictable for the Yorktown boys. The Patriots stumble out of the gate, then rebound after spring break and returns to their status as region title contenders. To Coach David Wood, it’s certainly not by design, he said, but the pattern has held true this season.
After opening the season with three losses in its first four games, Yorktown (5-3-2) has since rebounded to go unbeaten in its past six.
“A couple things that have to do with it,” Wood said. “Having to figure out where kids fit in and where they can play and what shape and formation.. . . We come back from spring break. . . and it all comes together.”
The Patriots have been boosted by the return of Johngates Sharp, who missed all of last season with a meniscus tear. The senior forward has eight goals and three assists and has been a huge presence up top.
Sharp had a goal in overtime that secured a draw against No. 4 Mount Vernon.
“He just shows character and fight,” Wood said. “And will work to get chances and stick them away.”
Yorktown faces its biggest test down the stretch of the final few weeks of the regular season. A district game against Falls Church (5-2-2) is flanked by games on the road against No. 2 Oakton (8-1-1), No. 5 Herndon (7-1-2) and No. 8 West Springfield (7-1-1).
“They’re good tests to get ready for the district tournament and get ready for regionals,” Wood said. .. . .
On the girls’ side, No. 10 Yorktown has enjoyed a strong season from the start. With two weeks left in the regular season, the Patriots (7-0-2) are undefeated and have 1-1 draws against No. 9 W.T. Woodson and once-ranked Centreville on its resume, in addition to wins over a strong Lake Braddock team and Arlington County rival Washington-Lee.
With a balanced attack and capable defense, the defending National District champion Patriots have outscored their opponents 37-3. They have allowed no more than one goal in a game. Five players have scored at least four goals, led by sophomores Meghan Flynn (seven goals) and Kendall Logan (six), and senior leader Isabel Arnold.