Through 13 games, Groveton's field hockey team had given up just five goals, three of those coming on strokes. Last Friday at Langley, however, the Tigers saw their impressive defensive record and their state title hopes dismantle quickly.
Fairfax, the Potomac District champion, used two goals by Katia Lewis and one each by Nancy McLaughlin, Kristin Cozza and Becky Holzberlein to defeat Groveton, 5-1, and win the Northern Region championship.
The victory advanced Fairfax (13-1) to the state tournament, which begins Friday at the University of Richmond. The Rebels meet Monican in one semifinal. North Stafford, the Northwest Region champion, meets Kempsville in the other.
Groveton Coach Carol Horton said the Rebels confused her 11-3 team early on a series of corners which did not produce a goal, but dictated the pace of the remainder of the game.
"Those corners really bothered us," said Horton, who has been coaching for 17 years and led Groveton to the 1977 state title. "They threw a blocker to cut off the rushers and we never really expected that."
Lewis' two goals gave her a team-leading total of 16, but center halfback Dana Henry was instrumental in setting up four of the Rebels' goals.
Defensively, goalie Lisa Perlinn was on the verge of registering her 11th shutout this season. Erin Yane's penalty shot was Groveton's only score.
"I didn't expect them (the Rebels) to play that well," said Horton, who thinks Fairfax may return from Richmond with the state title. "But they were really aggressive in the circle and all their passes were clicking. It's a coach's dream to have a team play the way Fairfax did against us."
Paul Jakaitis threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Beck on a third-quarter fourth-and-goal situation Saturday at Chantilly High School leading the Woodlawn Boys Club to a 12-0 victory over Braddock Road in the 95-pound American Conference championship game in the Northern Virginia Youth Football League playoffs.
Woodlawn, which stopped several Braddock Road threats in a scoreless first half with the excellent defensive play of Mike Morris, used the running of Richie Tregar to control the ball in the second half.
In the American Conference 75-pound championship game, Chris Shields ran 53 yards for a third-period touchdown and Shaun Turner ran for the extra point in Vienna's 7-0 victory over Springfield. Russell Chandler and C.J. Muench led Vienna's defense in recording the shutout.
In the 85-pound title games, Southwestern Youth Club defeated Arlington, 6-0, in the Central Conference and Springfield was a 16-6 victor over Braddock Road in the National Conference.
Steve Friend, a two-time Virginia state wrestling champion at Falls Church, has been named wrestling coach at Chantilly.
Friend, who went on to wrestle for four years on the Indiana University team which was constantly ranked in the top 10 nationally, has been the varsity coach at Lake Braddock the past three years. He was a Bruins assistant for two years prior to that.