The Fauquier boys' soccer team led James Wood in both of their regular season meetings this spring. But in each instance, the Colonels wound up rallying for a tie by game's end.
On Tuesday night at Fauquier in a Northwestern District semifinal, the Falcons were determined not to let that happen again. Fauquier controlled the pace from start to finish and had 20 shots in a 3-0 victory over James Wood, clinching a berth in the Region II tournament for the second year in a row.
"Part of the frustration in those first two ties is that we feel like we are as good as [district champion] Handley, or better," Coach Don Drayer said. "But those two ties kept us out of the district race. . . . We dominated them [James Wood] tonight."
Senior Eric Kilanski scored the game's first goal, his 12th of the season, in the 38th minute. Jimmy Simpson and Jason Sprecher added goals in the second half.
The Falcons (13-2-3) will visit Handley (16-2) this afternoon. The Judges defeated Liberty, 5-0, in another semifinal Tuesday.
Loudoun Valley junior left-hander Brandon Michon was nearly flawless in a 4-0 victory over Broad Run on Monday night at Stone Bridge in a Dulles District semifinal. The win advances the Vikings to the Virginia AA Region II playoffs for the first time since 1999.
Loudoun Valley was scheduled to play Stone Bridge, which had qualified for the region tournament as the Dulles regular season champion, yesterday in the district final.
"Your goal every year is to get to regionals," Vikings Coach Wayne Todd said. "That's always your main goal. We've been almost there the last couple of years but didn't make it in the end. So to get there this time, well, that means a lot."
Michon threw a one-hitter against the Spartans, striking out 10 and walking none.
"I would say it was the most dominating game he's thrown all year," Todd said. "He was beating bats last night. In one stretch in the fourth and fifth inning he struck out five of six batters, and there weren't many pitches thrown. I think three of the five he struck out only throwing three pitches.
"He was dominant and in control throughout."
Michon also went 2 for 3 at the plate, and catcher Bobby Stakes went 1 for 3 with two RBI.
The Broad Run girls' lacrosse team had yielded an average of 13 goals in two regular season meetings with Loudoun Valley, but an inspired defensive effort against the Vikings on Monday night in a Dulles District semifinal produced an 8-7 victory for the Spartans.
"It wasn't the same team I had seen all year," Broad Run Coach Denise Hagood said. "It was like they got it. . . . They played extremely aggressive and wanted it really bad."
The Spartans (12-4) were led on offense by Alex Gallo (four goals) and Emily Herring (three goals). Monica Guerrero, perhaps the team's best two-way player, came back from a knee injury to score once.
Broad Run and Stone Bridge (14-1), a 17-3 winner over Loudoun County in the other semifinal, both advance to the Region II tournament next week. The appearance will be the second straight for the Bulldogs and first for the Spartans.
"This was a tremendous step, especially considering where these girls came from: losing every game two years ago to third in the county last year to this," Hagood said. "This is a big boost for these girls and says a whole lot for Broad Run."
Doubles play has provided the winning points in the Loudoun Valley girls' tennis team's most pivotal victories this season. It wasn't even needed Tuesday afternoon in a Region II quarterfinal.
The Vikings closed out nemesis Handley with five straight-set wins in singles, earning a 5-0 decision over the Judges and a spot in the region semifinals. Loudoun Valley (19-1) is scheduled to play at Spotswood today.
"This was a big step for the girls," said Vikings Coach Matt Bolen, whose team had lost to Handley in the region semifinals each of the past two years. "And I've never coached a team that has been victorious against Handley. . . . I know the girls are real excited."
Seniors Casey Bartok and Tessa Carrington, Loudoun Valley's top two players, posted identical wins of 6-2, 6-4. Katia McClain, Amanda Kole and Cassie McClain added routine victories of their own at Nos. 4-6 singles, respectively.
"We got off to a slow start for the first one or two games, but then everyone settled in and played as hard as they could," Bolen said. "They played their game."