Lee High School got a key save by Jose Basurco, and Jim Herron scored the deciding penalty kick as the Lancers defeated South Lakes, 1-0, last night in a Virginia AAA Northern Region soccer semifinal match at Jefferson.
In the first semifinal, Herndon got two goals from Gary Huffman to defeat Annandale, 7-0.
Lee will meet Herndon Friday in the regional championship at Jefferson High School at 8 p.m. after Lee and Annandale play for the girls title at 6.
In the first round of penalty kicks, Lee's Paul Shaver and South Lakes' Marc Scott each scored. In the second round, the Lancers' Tom Burgess scored in the upper left corner of the net, and Basurco stopped Rick Englefried's grounder to his left. The Lancers never lost the edge.
In the first game, Herndon scored 59 seconds into the match on a header by Huffman, who got a pass from Brent Quinn and scored from the side of the goal.
Matt Rightmire dribbled through Annandale's defense and gave Herndon a 2-0 lead at 19:30. After leading himself with a header pass, he put a 10-foot shot into the right corner of the net.
Thirty seconds later, Herndon's Kurt Schaffstall placed a nice pass from midfield into the goal area and Chris Stewart put a left-footer in from 15 yards.
In the second half, Herndon took a 4-0 lead on Huffman's second goal at 42 minutes. Twenty seconds later, Greg Griffith got a pass from Barry Johnson and gave his team a five-goal lead. Lee, Annandale Win
Lee defeated Langley, 2-1, and Annandale outscored Madison, 4-2, on penalty kicks to win, 2-1, and advance to the Virginia Northern Region girls championship.
Lee's Tracy Birrell scored unassisted with 17:30 left in the first half for a 2-0 lead on the way to the Lancers' 16th straight victory. Moments before Birrell's goal, forward Kelly Chervanak scored on an assist from Michelle Burnside. Chervanak's score was her 30th this year, tying the school record, and the team's 101st, another school record.
Langley struck back with six minutes remaining when Siobhan McCarthy scored on a penalty kick.
In the first game, Annandale's Doreen Kelly scored the decisive penalty kick.
Madison missed an opportunity to score with 4:19 left in the second five-minute sudden death overtime when a shot from 10 feet in front of the goal missed wide to the right.
Madison's Carol Carney scored her team's goal a minute into the game, assisted by Amy Conboy.
Laura Lenert, who connected on one of Annandale's penalty shots, scored the Atoms' goal on an impressive long kick midway through the first half. -- Michelle K. Brooks