West Potomac's Doug Ernst is used to having the AAA Virginia Northern Region soccer tournament continue without him.
The William & Mary-bound senior changed that trend by scoring once in each half to lift the Wolverines to a 2-1 road win last night over third-ranked W.T. Woodson and send West Potomac to the region semifinals for the first time in school history.
West Potomac (9-6) will face West Springfield.
"Sleeping, working on homework -- something like that," Ernst said when asked what he is usually doing at this point of the season. "I'm definitely glad to be playing still."
With the game tied at 1, Ernst scored what became the game-winner with a direct kick that caromed in off the inside of the near post. The goal came less than four minutes after Ben Fuentes had scored for W.T. Woodson (13-3-2) in the 41st minute.
In a girls' quarterfinal, Claire Zimmeck and top-ranked W.T. Woodson had no trouble finishing in a 4-2 win over Hayfield.
Zimmeck scored three goals and had one assist to lead the Cavaliers back to the region semifinals, where they will face defending state champion Lake Braddock, which advanced with a 1-0 win over Yorktown.
All-Met forward Ashley Banks also scored for Woodson (15-0-1), which jumped out to a 4-0 lead before second-half goals by Jessica Hart and Marika Gray brought Hayfield (12-4-1) within 4-2 with just over nine minutes to play.
"We just see eye contact and we connect," said Zimmeck, who has teamed with Banks to score a combined 45 goals this season. "We just know where we are at all times."
Langley Boys Rout Hayfield
Langley's 5-2 victory over visiting Hayfield was an excellent example of just how offensively potent the No. 9 Saxons are this season.
With a stable of reliable scorers, more than half of the Saxons' victories have been by four or more goals.
Last night four different players scored for the Saxons, but all eyes were on Liberty District player of the year Jeremy Barlow, a crafty senior striker who had two goals and two assists.
"We were just focused on keeping everything in front of us," said Barlow, one of 15 seniors on Langley's roster.
"Our team produces a lot of [scoring] chances and so as long as we finish them we win most games."
Langley (11-3-1) advanced to the region semifinals on Wednesday at Annandale against 10th-ranked Lake Braddock.
Senior Mario Bazan and his brother, junior Cesar Bazan, kept the Hawks (9-8) close with a pair of goals in the first 22 minutes.
Mario Bazan scored first, an unassisted goal five minutes into the contest, and, after two quick Langley goals, Cesar Bazan notched the tying goal off an assist from sophomore midfielder Kevin Greenburg in the 22nd minute.
But before halftime, the Saxons added goals from senior striker Alex Nydal (off Barlow's assist) and senior midfielder Matt Poole (unassisted).
"We both have explosive offenses," Hayfield Coach Billy Thiebaut said. But Langley "did a great job of taking up the counter [attack] when we gave up the ball, they transitioned on us quickly and took advantage."