Loudoun County will face undefeated No. 4 Woodgrove in the region final on Friday. Woodgrove defeated Brentsville, 5-0, in Wednesday’s other semifinal.
It has been a personally rewarding season for Kain, a South Carolina Upstate recruit. After an offseason filled with a tough training regime, Kain turned in her finest season yet, ranking near the top of the Dulles District in goals and earning player of the year honors.
On Thursday, Loudoun County (16-3-2) took a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute. The first goal came on a 22-yard shot by sophomore Emily Beatty that snuck in under the crossbar in the 12th minute. Kain added the second goal when her first shot was blocked, collected the rebound and fired again.
Dominion (13-7-2) trimmed the lead in the 47th minute with a goal from sophomore Katie Strycharz, which was set up by standout midfielder Mo Pinkston (VCU recruit). Pinkston finished the season with 33 assists — the second-highest season total in Virginia state history.
But the Loudoun County defense, led by senior Alana Mackey (Longwood recruit) withstood a furious Dominion attack in the final minutes to advance. . . .
In the AAA Northwest Region final, No. 6 Battlefield defeated Broad Run, 5-0, to win its second straight region title.
Briar Woods boys win
Briar Woods senior David Clements aided his school football team on its second consecutive state title run with his foot — not too surprising for the soccer-player-turned-place kicker.
On Thursday evening, however, it was Clements’s arms that helped the Falcons’ soccer team book its first trip to the Virginia AA state tournament.
Three long throw-ins from Clements led directly to goals, and the senior finished a penalty kick as well to lead Briar Woods to a dominant 4-2 victory over Fluvanna in a Region II semifinal in Ashburn.
“Definitely kicking, [be]cause that’s practiced and I’m constantly doing it,” Clements said when asked what he does better. “The throw-in, that’s basically been this year. . . . It just came progressively as time went on.”
The Falcons (18-2-2) advanced to the region final against Dulles District rival Tuscarora , which qualified for the second consecutive year with a 3-0 win over Western Albemarle. The two teams have played four times this season, splitting the games.
Tuscarora has just two seniors on the roster, but has thrived behind forward Angel Ceron-Garcia, who added two goals on Thursday night to up his season total to 24. The Huskies (18-2-2) lost in the state quarterfinals last season.
The Falcons, meanwhile, won just 11 games total over the past three seasons, but looked comfortable in the critical semifinal from the opening whistle.
Not yet five minutes into the match, the first of Clements’s long throws caused issues. The ball dropped in the box and bounced around before Jimmy Grace finally got enough on the ball to direct it toward the goal. The Fluvanna goalkeeper had his hands on it, but he sat clearly over the goal line and the referees ruled it a goal.
Fluvanna pulled one back against the run of play in the 16th minute, but two minutes later Briar Woods reclaimed the lead when Connor Pompilio headed in a long throw from Clements. A Clements penalty kick with 11 minutes left in the half and another long throw goal six minutes into the second half sealed the outcome.
In the Virginia AAA Northwest Region championship, Albemarle defeated No. 6 Colonial Forge, 3-2.