What If . . . Forest Park had put the dagger in Lake Braddock?
Forest Park's third-ranked girls' soccer team had plenty of opportunities to take control against Lake Braddock in the Virginia AAA state quarterfinal Tuesday night at Fairfax High School.
After scoring the opening goal minutes into the second half on sophomore forward Latrice Lee's juke and shot that fit just inside the near post, the Northwestern Region runners-up maintained their pressure. Lee and freshman forward Delaney Tomczak had great chances in the second half -- even after No. 2 Lake Braddock had tied the game -- but were unable to finish. Two minutes after notching three shots on goal in a one-minute span, Forest Park gave up a second score to Lake Braddock and lost, 2-1.
Forest Park Coach Dave Cresswell chalked it up to inexperience on the front line.
"We're a learning curve away from winning these games," he said. "We have a nucleus of players that's young. Hopefully they learned the toughness they need to win in future years."
Forest Park seemed to have what it needed up top, but junior Victoria Damren, who has unofficially committed to Florida State, tore her ACL midway through the year.
"It hurts a lot because we got this close," Lee said. "I didn't think we'd make it this far without [Damren], but we did."
The team will lose six seniors, including standouts Courtney Portell and Ashleigh Blumer, but looks to have a strong squad again next season.
-- LIAM DILLON