Lake Braddock rallied to upset Annandale on Tony Nicholson's late goal, 3-2, and W.T. Woodson got two goals from Page Jones to defeat Lee, 4-1, last night in the semifinals of the Virginia AAA Northern Region soccer tournament at McLean.
The Bruins (9-3-4) will face the Cavaliers (10-2-4) for the region championship Friday at McLean at 8 p.m. The winner will join three other region champions in Virginia's first-ever state tournament, with semifinal games scheduled for next Thursday at McLean.
Lake Braddock came back from a 2-1 halftime deficit to eliminate the heavily favored Atoms. Annandale led, 2-0, on goals by Paul Olofson and Phil Angell, but allowed the Bruins to score when when an Annandale player accidently deflected the ball into his own net.
In the second half, the Atoms continued to dominate as they outshot the Bruins, 6-4. But Lake Braddock forward Chris Prinza tied the game on a corner kick with four minutes left and Nicholson scored on a breakaway with two minutes remaining.
In the second game, Woodson scored three second-half goals to down Lee.
The Cavaliers went ahead nine minutes into the second half on Shawn Ritchie's 25-yard shot from the left. Jones, who scored in the first half, then got a goal off an assist from Ritchie with 25 minutes remaining.
Senior midfielder John Meginley scored Woodson's fourth goal.
In the Northern Region girls semifinals at Marshall, Cathy Cassidy scored three goals and Nanny Cullen had two as Lee defeated Madison, 5-3. Pam Ramano scored two goals to lead Jefferson over McLean, 5-2. Lee and Jefferson will meet for the region title Friday at McLean at 6 p.m.