For the first time this season, Robinson Coach Jim Rike didn't have to ask his players to be quiet before he gave his pregame talk today. He took it as a good sign: "They were really quiet," he said. "I could tell they were fired up."
Rike was right -- and after the Rams' Virginia AAA semifinal win against Maury, they had no reason to remain quiet.
Senior Alison Davies scored two goals to lead No. 1 Robinson to a 3-0 victory at Old Dominion University. Robinson (20-2) will play West Springfield (19-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday with a chance to win its fourth state title. The Rams have not lost in a state final, winning in 1984, '94 and '96.
West Springfield and Robinson have met three times this season, with the Spartans winning twice. But Robinson won the most recent matchup, capturing the Northern Region title, 3-2, on May 28.
Maury (13-5-3) struggled against Robinson's defense today, managing six shots, none in the second half.
According to Rike, the Rams' performance began on the bus ride to ODU.
"We were all concentrating before the game," said All-Met midfielder Kristen Wolfer. "Last year, we were not prepared for the game at all."
Davies scored Robinson's first goal in the 15th minute, on Lindsey Rosen's corner kick, for her 16th goal of the season. She scored again in the 47th minute.
"I expected more pressure," Davies said. "It was a surprise, but it was nice."
Maury (13-5-3)000Robinson (20-2-0)213
GOALS -- Davies, 15th, 47th; Rosen, 32nd.
ASSISTS -- Rosen, Robbins.
SHOTS -- Maury 6, Robinson 14.
SAVES -- M: Lekavich 4; R: Bonafede 6.