Lee's All-Met fullback Sonja Platzer and All-Met player of the year Jonnell Berry scored first-half goals, and the Lancers then relied on their speed and defense to defeat Woodbridge, 3-1, in the Virginia state girls soccer semifinals yesterday at Woodbridge.
Lee will play First Colonial of Virginia Beach for the championship at 2 p.m. today at Woodbridge. First Colonial (12-3-1) advanced as Allison Smith had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory over Monacan of Richmond. Monacan finished 13-3.
"I'll sit home tonight and think about this victory," said Platzer. "It hasn't really hit me yet. I still can't believe we've gotten this far."
Last week in the Northern Region championship, Lee (19-0) was unable to generate offense and had to wait until the penalty kick period to defeat Madison. But yesterday, the Lancers wasted little time as Platzer scored on a direct kick 2 1/2 minutes into the game.
A Woodbridge penalty set up the goal as Vikings fullback Amy Short was called for a takedown, giving Platzer the kick from 25 yards on the left side. Platzer lofted the ball over the outstretched arms of goalie Erin Tierney inside the far post.
"The goal really surprised me," said Platzer. "I can never make those shots. I wasn't even aiming for the goal. I was just aiming for the box."
Lee scored again at 23:12 as Kristi Dowe stole the ball from Short deep inside the Vikings' left corner. Dowe took a quick dribble and passed to Berry, who had charged the net. Berry's touch shot slipped by Tierney just inside the left post for a 2-0 lead.
"We wanted to come out early and score and once we did, we set the tempo," said Berry. "We've got a lot of speed up front and we were able to continuously overlap successfully."
"Lee is fast everywhere," said Woodbridge All-Met coach of the year Alan Ross, who is in his 12th season and may have coached his final game. Ross is expected to become Woodbridge's assistant principal and under county rules would not be allowed to coach. Woodbridge, which won the state championship in 1988 and was runner-up last season, finished 15-3.
Woodbridge scored at 64:08 on Short's 35-yard goal over goalie Melissa Robles. But 1 1/2 minutes later, Dowe, with an assist from Berry, easily beat Tierney for a 3-1 lead.