Senior defender Mandy Johnson scored her first goal of the season with 35 seconds left in last night's Virginia AAA Patriot District girls' soccer quarterfinal, lifting West Springfield to a 3-2 victory over visiting T.C. Williams.
Johnson broke a 2-2 tie on a free kick from the right side of the field 35 to 40 yards from the goal, West Springfield Coach Kellie Mastrodonato said.
Johnson usually does not take free kicks for the Spartans, but a foul was committed near her, and Mastrodonato let her take the kick.
"I didn't really know she was going to shoot," Mastrodonato said. "My last words to her were, 'Mandy, be thoughtful,' and it worked."
Heather Haupt scored the first two goals for fourth-seeded West Springfield, but T.C. Williams responded with a goal after each of those tallies. West Springfield (9-4-1) will play at top-seeded Lake Braddock -- the area's No. 1 team -- in a district semifinal Tuesday.
The other Patriot District semifinal will pit second-seeded and No. 6 Hayfield against third seed and No. 10 Robinson. Hayfield advanced with a 4-0 victory over Annandale, and Robinson topped West Potomac, 6-0. . . . Senior Susan Loney and sophomore Blaine Hitt scored for Yorktown, the first AAA National District goals given up by visiting Edison this year, as the Patriots clinched the regular season title, 2-1, in Arlington.
Loney scored 1 minute 12 seconds into the game on an assist by senior Lauren Grimaldi, and Hitt was later assisted by senior Meggy McGaffigan. The Patriots improved to 10-3, 6-0; Edison fell to 9-3, 5-1.
"This will be a game these seniors will remember for a very long time," said first-year Yorktown coach Lula Bauer.
Vladeck Whiffs 10
Senior right-hander Tom Vladeck struck out 10, yielding one earned run and one walk in seven innings, as visiting Wilson defeated Potomac School, 8-1. Vladeck (5-2) added two-run singles in the third and fifth innings for the Tigers (15-7).
Wilson will play its final regular season game Tuesday against D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association opponent School Without Walls.
-- Jon DeNunzio
and Carl Little