There was something missing from the Yorktown girls' soccer team early in the season: the long stride and powerful left foot of forward Amy Wilcox.
The speed and scoring touch of Wilcox were on display yesterday at Stuart as the junior scored in each half to lead the Patriots to a 2-1 victory over Edison in the Virginia AAA National District championship game.
"I was so up for this season, and missing those first few games, I was so disappointed," said Wilcox, who had to sit out the first five games after an emergency operation on her tonsils. "Whenever I came out there I wanted to prove that missing that many games didn't matter."
Since her return, Wilcox (13 goals, six assists) has been good enough to earn district player of the year honors. But more importantly, she gave the Patriots (12-3) another offensive weapon they needed if they were going to hold off Edison (11-4) for the second time this season.
"I know we missed her a lot," said Yorktown forward Blaine Hitt, who assisted on Wilcox's first-half goal. "I love playing up front with her . . . [and] when I was there and she's wasn't, it felt like there was a big chunk missing."
The Edison boys (13-3-1) prevented a Yorktown sweep when Leonardo Maddonni flicked a header just inside the back post in the 73rd minute to give the second-ranked Eagles a 1-0 victory.
"We felt pretty good about the pressure we were putting on them," Edison Coach Scott Racek said. "At the same time we know they're a very dangerous team up front. I felt like we were pounding, pounding and we were fortunate to get the game-winner. It could have gone either way."
Yorktown (10-7-1) will be the second seed from the district when the Northern Region tournament begins next week.