Junior defender A.W. Smith scored a remarkable goal in the 17th minute to give defending Maryland 3A champion Thomas Stone a 1-0 victory over Westlake in a South Region semifinal last night in Waldorf.
Thomas Stone (15-2) will play Leonardtown in the region final on Tuesday. Leonardtown defeated McDonough, 3-2, on Friday to advance.
Off a corner kick taken by Stone senior midfielder Ron Provenzano, the ball was cleared from the penalty area where Smith stood waiting 25 yards out. He hit the ball directly into the top left corner of the net for the game's lone goal.
"Pretty much, that was the best goal of my high school career," Smith said.
Westlake (11-5) had two glorious second-half opportunities. In the 55th minute, Mike Flynn sent a shot toward the far post, where a sliding Richard Shope barely missed getting a foot on the ball as it went inches wide. In the 62nd minute, Matt Voelker sprung senior striker Scott Cseplo on a breakaway, but Cseplo could not control his second touch and Stone goalkeeper Ryan Tomasko knocked the ball away.
In the girls game, Westlake defeated Thomas Stone, 4-0, to advance to the 3A South Region final. Westlake will host Leonardtown in a rematch of last season's final on Tuesday at 6.
Chapon Sparks Wootton
Junior midfielder Crystal Chapon had not played a full game in three weeks for No. 6 Wootton's soccer team because of a sprained ankle. But last night, Chapon scored with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime period as the Rockville school defeated Churchill, 2-1, in a Maryland 4A West regional semifinal doubleheader at Whitman High in Bethesda.
Wootton, the 4A defending champion, will play Quince Orchard on Tuesday at Magruder at 5 p.m. in the final. Quince Orchard (7-6-1) defeated Frederick, 3-0, on goals by junior Kelly Smullen, sophomore Kristin McHugh and freshman Brittany Dorsey.
Churchill finished 12-2 with both losses to Wootton.
Ruckert Wins Tennis Title
Madison junior All-Met Katie Ruckert won a second straight Virginia AAA tennis singles title, defeating teammate Mary Kovarik, 6-4, 6-2, at the Raintree Swim & Racquet Club in Richmond. Ruckert finished with a 20-0 record. She won both the Liberty District and Northern Region titles against Kovarik (19-4). Kovarik and Ruckert later won the doubles championship, 6-1, 6-1, over Spencer Brown and Meredith Gravely of E.C. Glass.
Staff writer Judith Evans and special correspondent Bryan Tucker contributed to this report.