Pallotti continued its run through the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys soccer tournament yesterday at the RFK Stadium auxiliary field, shocking top-seeded Gonzaga, 1-0, in a semifinal. The fifth-seeded Panthers will return to RFK for Sunday's noon match against DeMatha in an all-Prince George's County final.
The Stags overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Good Counsel, 3-2.
No. 4 Gonzaga (17-1-1) came in confident and unbeaten in the WCAC (12-0-1). But the Eagles, who beat Pallotti, 5-2, on Oct. 1, were undone by the disciplined, defensive soccer of the Panthers (5-3-5).
Pallotti senior midfielder Eric Krogel scored the winner midway through the second half, settling Justin Smith's chested ball and finding the right corner of the net.
No. 9 DeMatha (9-1-3) fell victim to two counterattacks by Good Counsel counterattacks in the first 15 minutes, but freshman James Agorsor's 12th goal of the season brought the Stags within one at the half. DeMatha's Chris Cerrano knocked in Marty Shaw's corner kick in the 55th minute, and All-Met Matt Oliver scored the game-winner with three minutes remaining. . . .
The WCAC girls tournament went to form, with top seeds Good Counsel and O'Connell advancing to Sunday's 10 a.m. final at RFK. No. 4 Good Counsel (20-3-1, 12-0-1) scored three second-half goals to defeat Ireton, 3-0. It was the Falcons' ninth straight shutout. Sophomore Meggie Curran scored twice, giving her 23 goals this season. O'Connell (10-1-2) was tested by Paul VI Catholic (8-1-4), but used freshman Katie Hogwood's 61st-minute goal to advance with a 1-0 victory. . . .
No. 2 Sidwell Friends beat St. Andrew's, 2-0, to advance to the Mid-Atlantic Conference tournament final. The Quakers will meet Potomac School -- a 4-2 winner over Maret -- in Sunday's 1 p.m. final.
Sophomore left midfielder April Lockley scored two goals, including the game-winner with 17 minutes 30 seconds remaining, lifting Leonardtown past McDonough, 3-2, in a Maryland 3A South girls soccer regional semifinal contest.
Pulupa Takes Regional
Walter Johnson junior Diana Pulupa had already qualified for the state tennis championships Wednesday by reaching the final of the Maryland District II Region tournament. So the top-seeded Pulupa used pride as a motivation and captured the regional title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Magruder's Ronnie Brown.
Mount Hebron Repeats
Kate Story scored her first varsity goal to give visiting Mount Hebron a 1-0 victory over Hammond in a Maryland 2A South field hockey final. The win gave the Vikings' third straight region championship. Mount Hebron (10-5-2) advances to the 2A state semifinal Monday against co-1A state champion Hereford. . . .
No. 1 Bethesda-Chevy Chase advanced to the 2A state semifinal with a 4-1 victory over host Francis Scott Key. The Barons (16-1) are going for a sixth consecutive state title and eighth of the decade. . . .
Rachel Mesa scored in the first half to give No. 8 Quince Orchard a 1-0 victory over host Churchill in the 4A West Region final. Quince Orchard (13-2-1) advances to Wednesday's 4A state semifinal against No. 3 Severna Park, the defending state champion.