Jefferson 2, Westfield 1
With two shots, Jefferson's Kendall Stone snapped her team's scoring drought against Westfield and helped the Colonials experience some of the AAA Concorde District tournament success they've been longing for.
Stone scored twice in the second half to lead fifth-seeded Jefferson to a 2-1 win over fourth-seeded Westfield in a first-round game last night in Chantilly.
The Colonials (7-5-1) will face top seed Chantilly in the semifinals on Wednesday.
Jefferson, which was eliminated in the opening round last season by Oakton after winning the district tournament in 2002, avenged this season's 2-0 loss to the Bulldogs (8-5-1) thanks to the hustle of Stone.
The junior forward, who also stars on the school's field hockey and basketball teams, knocked in a rebound during a loose ball scramble in front of the goal just more than seven minutes into the second half.
Stone then put Jefferson ahead 2-0 with 17 minutes 12 seconds to play with a header that one-hopped just inside the far post.
"We were really excited because we hadn't scored on Westfield yet this season," Stone said. "We've had some rough times in the past with districts and we've also won districts. So I guess we don't like ending the season early when we can play on."
Jefferson was remarkably composed defensively over the final 17 minutes, especially for a team that still hasn't won consecutive games since beating T.C. Williams and 10th-ranked Robinson in late March.
"Kendall is extremely important because when we were going through our tough spell; she was playing in the back. She was playing in the midfield and she does whatever we ask her to do," Jefferson Coach Todd Spitalny said.
"It feels like it did two years ago. We struggled throughout the year, but these girls are fighters. They knew what they were fighting for and they got it done."
Jessica Deegan scored with 9:44 to play for Westfield, which saw its season come to an end in disappointing fashion -- one victory short of the program's first trip to the Northern Region tournament.
"I'm extremely disappointed because I really thought this was the year that we would give the players on this team a taste of the next level," Westfield Coach Chris Godart said. "In the last three years, we went up to Centreville and we were huge underdogs. Maybe this was the first year where we should have, could have."