Laura Theimer has two goals this season for Chantilly High, and she has picked a good time to score both for the Chargers.
Theimer, a senior forward, scored on a breakaway with less than eight minutes remaining to give third-seeded Chantilly a 1-0 victory over second-seeded McLean in the first round of the Northern Regional tournament last night at Oakton High.
It was a good night for the Concorde District. Not only did Chantilly (10-3-2) advance, but second-seeded Jefferson handled third-seeded Fairfax of the Liberty District, 2-0, in a later game. In Monday's quarterfinals, Jefferson will play No. 1 Lake Braddock, which defeated fourth-seeded Edison of the National District, 3-1. Chantilly will take on West Potomac, which defeated first-seeded Mount Vernon, the National District champion, 3-1.
McLean controlled play for most of the game, outshooting Chantilly 14-7 and earning eight corners to Chantilly's three. In the 53rd minute, Theimer took a cross from sophomore link Christie Chamberlain, dribbled down field and bounced a shot past McLean senior goalie Nicole Salemme.
"I had kind of been hanging out in the middle of the field," Theimer said. "Luckily we had a break, and Christie got me the ball and I was able to beat a few people.
"It's a big win to gain respect for our team."
This is the third time in Chantilly's history it has advanced to the second round of the Northern Region tournament. Last year Chantilly fell to Annandale in the opening round.
Theimer's other goal this season also was a game-winner. She scored for the first time this season two weeks ago in a 1-0 win over third-ranked Centreville, handing the Wildcats their lone loss this fall.
"She [Theimer] has kept us in a lot of games this year," Chantilly Coach Ralph Chapman said. "We are not a high-scoring team."
The tournament continues today at Oakton with four more first-round games, including No. 3 Centreville against W.T. Woodson.