Phil Pratzner scored a goal in each half, and narrowly missed a third, to lead the Reston Gold to a 3-1 win over Norco of St. Louis yesterday in the final of the under-19 division of the Reston Invitational Soccer Tournament at Lake Newport Field.
Pratzner, a junior at South Lake High School, scored on an 18-footer late in the first half and connected on a give-and-go play early in the second. He missed wide to the left late in the game on a turnaround shot from 10 yards.
"They (Norco) had problems in their defense," said Pratzner. "I can't remember when I had that much time to trap the ball, set up, turn and shoot. They weren't marking me at all."
"People always say St. Louis is the best area in the country for soccer," Pratzner continued. "But I think we proved today that Northern Virginia is. The soccer in this area is just super."
Ian Williams' header gave Reston a 1-0 lead at 15 minutes, and Pratzner's first goal gave the Gold a 2-1 halftime lead.
Norco missed a chance to tie the game five minutes into the second half when forward Tom Breeden beat Reston goalkeeper Guy Thompson (five saves) with a direct free kick, but the shot bounced off the crossbar over the net.
"Until we've scored, I'm never sure about the game," said Thompson, who was hindered by a bruised thigh sustained during a semifinal game Sunday. "But once we scored, I was sure we'd win."
In the 1965 girls' championship game, Shelley Anders and Alice Tannery scored to give the Dallas Sting a 2-0 victory over Fairfax.