Jennifer Lapetoda's name mistakenly was left off the souvenir T-shirts that list the names of every player on the semifinalists in this year's Group AA girls soccer tournament.
Lapetoda, an all-Region II forward for Loudoun County High School, hasn't let that snub bother her; instead, she's making sure everyone knows her name thanks to her play on the field. She scored the Raiders' first goal in their 2-0 victory over Region III champion Blacksburg (14-5) in a state semifinal Friday at Cave Spring Junior High School in Roanoke.
Loudoun County (18-4) faced Region I champion Jamestown in the first AA state championship game Saturday. Jamestown, which beat Loudoun Valley in the state quarterfinals, won the first semifinal, 2-0, against Jefferson Forest.
Lapetoda has scored four goals in the Raiders' past four games and 17 for the season. She had both goals in Loudoun County's 2-1 overtime win against Sherando in the Region II semifinals -- the victory that put the Raiders in the state tournament. In Tuesday's state quarterfinal victory over Massaponax, Lapetoda scored the first goal in the 4-0 win.
"I'm a little upset that my name isn't on the [state] T-shirt, but I'm not worried about it," Lapetoda said. "The other day when they announced the teams [in the state quarterfinal], they didn't even say my name."
The Raiders dominated the Indians -- who were without their top player, forward Ayla Gustafson, who was playing in a soccer tournament in Houston -- outshooting them, 25-5. Loudoun County goalkeeper MacKenzie Kelly did not have to make a save.
Lapetoda scored the first goal in the 33rd minute when she took a pass from sophomore Tara Kidwell, beat a defender and shot the ball past Blacksburg's onrushing goalkeeper. The Raiders scored again in the 52nd minute on a pretty goal by Kidwell, her 27th of the year. Freshman Tracy Higgins took a low shot from about 18 yards that Kidwell turned and volleyed into the net.
"We don't practice that per se, but we do a drill where we stand with our back to the goal, someone shoots the ball and [the person with her back to the goal] turns her shoulders and does a full volley," Loudoun County Coach Scott Cray said. "Tara is obviously one of the best at doing that."
Loudoun County, which has won five games in a row, has dominated its two opponents in the state tournament. The Raiders haven't allowed a goal, while they've outshot their opponents, 55-9.
"I think we've grown up, and we've matured a lot," Lapetoda said of her team, which started two sophomores and five freshmen Friday. "We have a lot of freshmen, and it's taken a while for them to get used to high school soccer. We've had to learn how to play with each other. States is a good time to hit your stride."
Loudoun County (18-4)112
GOALS -- LC: Lapetoda 33rd minute, Kidwell 52nd.
ASSISTS -- LC: Kidwell, Higgins.
SHOTS -- LC: 25; B: 5.
SAVES -- LC: Kelly 0; B: Wood 11.
CAPTION: Blacksburg's Ashley Peed, right, battles Tara Kidwell, who had a goal and an assist as Loudoun County advanced to the state title game.
CAPTION: Blacksburg's Hanah Wakely charges as Erin Rowley advances the ball for Loudoun County. The Raiders outshot the Indians, 25-5, in their 2-0 victory.
CAPTION: Shannon Runge, who has been part of the Raiders' two straight shutouts in the state tournament, protects the ball from a Blacksburg defender.