Broad Run goalie Erik Reeves did just about everything a player could do in a shootout to help his team win in front of the home crowd last night in a Region II boys' soccer quarterfinal against Western Albemarle.
In the course of the penalty kicks round, the senior made a save, scored a goal and made a save by leaving his line early -- only to make a second save on the same shooter in a retry. And after he had given his team a lift, Reeves's teammates gave him one, carrying him off on their shoulders after the Spartans advanced in penalty kicks, 4-2. The two teams had ended regulation and double overtime tied 2-2.
"For me it's really nervous because I know I have to make my own and then stop all the other shots," Reeves said. "It's a big load on me because we played hard the whole game and everybody is looking to me to make the saves and make the shot."
There was a wait to see whether the Spartans (16-2-1), who will host Handley on Wednesday in the semifinals, would be able to get into the shootout.
With the game tied at 1 and 14 minutes 51 seconds to play in regulation, the field was cleared for the better part of 30 minutes as a downpour passed through the area, dousing the field with a sideways rain.
In the first, non-sudden death overtime, the Spartans yielded a goal in the fifth minute, only to have Andrew McDaniel score his second game-tying goal of the night with 2:11 to play.
"I'd like to see us end it in regulation time or overtime," said Reeves, whose Spartans lost to Park View in a shootout in the AA Dulles District title game. "But I feel comfortable when it comes down to me in a shootout."
Broad Run's fifth shooter, junior Jay Triplett, clinched the win with a drive to the lower left side of the goal.
In the girls' game, Broad Run forwards Brianna Smith and Liz Frank quickly took all of the drama out of their quarterfinal game, also against Western Albemarle.
Smith scored three times and Frank twice, leading Broad Run to a 6-0 home win over the Warriors. The Spartans (17-1-1) will host Fauquier in Wednesday's semifinals; the Falcons advanced with a 5-1 win over Harrisonburg.
After going through the AA Dulles District regular season undefeated, Broad Run lost last Wednesday to Potomac Falls in the district final, giving the Spartans a chance to collect themselves in time for the region tournament. Yesterday's win was the team's first in regional play since 2001.
"Knowing that we lost, that kind of hit us. We knew already that we had to win this game," Frank said. "[The loss] just made us realize how important it was and how badly we needed to win. I think that just motivated us."