FIELD HOCKEY

Beal's Goal in 2nd OT Boosts W. Potomac

West Potomac's Kathryn Beal has developed a knack for making game-winning goals, but none was more important--or sudden--than the one she scored last night. The junior forward scored 21 seconds into the second overtime to give the Alexandria school a 3-2 victory over North Stafford in a Virginia AAA tournament quarterfinal at Oakton High.

West Potomac, the Northern Region champion, advanced to play Central Region champion James River, which edged Maury, 1-0, last night.

Earlier in the evening, Stafford used two goals by sophomore Amy Gallivan to defeat Centreville, 2-1. Stafford, the Northwestern Region champion, will play Frank W. Cox of Virginia Beach, which has won nine of the last 10 state championships. Cox (19-0) advanced by defeating Midlothian, 3-0.

Both semifinals will be played at 7 p.m. The championship is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.

West Potomac (14-6) advanced to the semifinals for the first time since it lost in the state championship to Cox in 1985.

Last week, it was Beal who scored the winning goal in the last minute of regulation to lift the Wolverines to a 2-1 victory over then-No. 2 Centreville.

Last night it was Beal again, but under different circumstances. The teams played to a 2-2 tie during regulation, with senior Emily Falvey scoring both of West Potomac's goals.

The first overtime, played under the seven-a-side rules, resulted in plenty of close chances for each team, but no goals.

When the second overtime started, West Potomac immediately forced the ball downfield. The ball trickled over to Beal standing five yards to the right of the goal and she slapped a shot past North Stafford goalie Lindsay Gahr.

"We're fast in general, and we're good in seven-on-seven," Beal said. "And we're really good under pressure."

Stafford has reached the quarterfinals in three of the past four state tournaments, only to lose each time. Gallivan scored North Stafford's first goal 1 minute 5 seconds into the game. The score was tied midway through the second half when Gallivan took advantage of an open net to score the eventual game-winning goal.

"We knew that if we played our best we had a chance to beat this team," said Gallivan, who now has 11 goals for the season.

"We just had to put our everything out there."

-- Seth Emerson

GIRLS SOCCER

Sidwell Friends Tops Georgetown Day

Sidwell Friends senior Larissa Conte scored in the 60th minute as the Quakers defeated sixth-seeded Georgetown Day, 1-0, in an Independent School League AA tournament quarterfinal at Sidwell.

The third-seeded Quakers (9-1-3) advanced to the semifinals against second-seeded National Cathedral (13-1-1) on Saturday.

On the goal, Conte received a crossing pass from sophomore Michaela Miller and drove a low shot into the net.

"We were frustrated because we could not finish today," Sidwell Coach Tito Baca said.

"We sent a lot of people into the middle and tried to cause havoc."

* NATIONAL CATHEDRAL 9, GEORGETOWN VISITATION 1: Sophomores Tory Dunan and Phela Townsend scored four goals each as host Cathedral advanced to the ISL AA semifinals. Freshman Andrea Moore also scored for the second-seeded Eagles (13-1-1).

* HOLTON-ARMS 3, MARET 0: Lane Fogarty, Jamie Paulson and Amy Huling scored as fourth-seeded Holton-Arms defeated fifth-seeded Maret in an ISL AA tournament quarterfinal at Holton.

The Panthers (11-5-1) will face top-seeded Potomac School in the semifinals on Saturday at Potomac.

* BULLIS 2, ST. STEPHEN'S/ST. AGNES 1: Bullis sophomore Courtney Abrams scored with less than one minute remaining to give the 10th-seeded Bulldogs (7-10-2) the victory over the 14th-seeded Saints in the ISL A tournament. Abrams converted a pass from Anabel Jimenez, who scored the team's first goal.

-- Christian Swezey