Jennifer Lapetoda scored her fourth goal in as many games as Loudoun County advanced to the first Virginia AA girls soccer championship with a 2-0 victory over Blacksburg in Roanoke.
Loudoun County (18-4) will play Jamestown, a 2-0 semifinal winner over Jefferson Forest yesterday, today at 2 p.m. Loudoun County, which has never won a state title in a team sport, has a chance for two today: in girls soccer and boys tennis. The boys tennis team defeated Jamestown, 7-2, in yesterday's team semifinals.
Loudoun County outshot Blacksburg, 25-5, and Raiders goalkeeper MacKenzie Kelly did not have to make a save.
Lapetoda scored the first goal in the 33rd minute, when she took a pass from sophomore Tara Kidwell, beat a defender, and then shot the ball past Blacksburg's onrushing goalkeeper. Kidwell followed by scoring her 27th goal of the year Raiders in the 52nd minute.
Loudoun County, which has won five games in a row, has dominated its two opponents in the inaugural state tournament. The Raiders haven't allowed a goal, while they've outshot their opponents, 55-9.
"I think we've grown up, and we've matured a lot," Lapetoda said of her team, which started two sophomores and five freshmen yesterday. "We have a lot of freshmen, and it's taken a while for them to get used to high school soccer. We've had to learn how to play with each other. States is a good time to hit your stride."
The Virginia High School League had not sanctioned a AA girls soccer tournament because fewer than half of the Group AA schools fielded girls soccer teams.
Junior Jeff Hahn threw six shutout innings and had two doubles and three RBI as No. 6 Handley defeated Lebanon, 9-1, in the Virginia AA baseball semifinals in Salem.
Hahn gave up three hits and two walks while striking out six for Handley, which will play Rustburg today at 1 p.m. in the state championship game. Rustburg defeated Waynesboro, 11-9, in yesterday's other semifinal.
The Judges (25-1) scored four runs in the fourth inning, the first two coming on Hahn's bases-loaded double. Handley's Todd Lewis, Paul Carpenter and Justin Sloan hit doubles in the fifth as the Judges added five more runs.
Loudoun County's boys tennis team won four of six singles matches and swept the doubles in a 7-2 victory over Jamestown in the state semifinals in Blacksburg. The Raiders (17-1) will play Heritage, 9-0 winners over Fieldsdale-Collinsville in the other semifinal, today at 9 a.m.
Loudoun County got off to a slow start in the singles matches; four of the six Raiders lost the first set, but two of them (Jared Anderson and Hunter Davis) rebounded to win their matches.