It can get a little boring, freshman Kerri Butler admits, as the goalkeeper for the Courtland girls' soccer team.
Take yesterday. In the Cougars' Virginia AA Region I quarterfinal against Powhatan, Courtland took 27 shots while the Indians managed just two, only one of which was on goal and necessitated a save. The Cougars rolled to a 10-0 victory that was halted after 60 minutes on an eight-goal mercy rule.
"We're a really good team and our players work really hard," Butler said. "It's usually that boring for me. . . . I just try to think of things I've done in the past that have been good and situations that could happen and what I would do if they did."
The Cougars (17-0-1) will host York, a 2-0 winner over Chancellor yesterday, on Thursday in the regional semifinals. If they win, they would secure a bid to the state tournament for the first time since 2000.
Eight players scored goals against Powhatan -- a school located south of Richmond -- led by freshman Wanda Noblin and junior Marisa Stroebel, each of whom had two goals and an assist. Twenty players have scored goals for Courtland this season, led by junior Kelley Quinn, who has 21 with six assists. Stroebel has 17 goals and 13 assists.
In 18 games, Courtland has outscored its opponents 116-6. The Cougars' lone non-victory was a 0-0 tie with Colonial Forge, a Virginia AAA school, on a frigid night early in the season.
Delucca Turns the Trick
Gar-Field sophomore midfielder Theresa Delucca led the Indians to a 3-2 sudden-death overtime victory against visiting Colonial Forge in the Virginia AAA Northwestern Region quarterfinals by scoring her third goal of the game in the 98th minute.
Two minutes before the game would have gone to penalty kicks, Delucca headed in an assist from senior midfielder Niki Rosoff.
The victory came in Gar-Field's first regional tournament game since the Indians won the Northwestern Region title in 1993, Gar-Field assistant coach Sean Todd said.
Gar-Field (10-5-2) will host Osbourn at 5:30 today in the regional semifinals.
Delucca scored her first goal just a few minutes into the game, and the Indians led 1-0 throughout the first half.
But Colonial Forge (10-6-3) grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first eight minutes of the second half on goals by senior forward Julie Harris. Freshman midfielder Erin Downing assisted on both goals.
"The second half was completely different than the first, especially after we went down," said Delucca, who yesterday surpassed sophomore midfielder Kendall Irby as Gar-Field's leading scorer with 12 goals.
"But we knew we were the better team because we dominated the first half and we knew we had to come back."
Delucca scored the tying goal midway through the second half off a nice cross pass from Irby. About 40 minutes later, she added the game-winner.
Raiders Run Amok
With an opportunity to earn its first Virginia AAA Northwestern Region playoff victory, Stonewall Jackson turned in a sluggish first half against Franklin County.
The second half, though, offered a second chance, and the host Raiders ran away with a 5-1 win. Stonewall Jackson (10-3-5) will host North Stafford tonight in a regional semifinal, with a state tournament berth on the line.
Yesterday's game was scoreless at halftime, but junior midfielder Christin Lopez started the scoring with a penalty kick eight minutes in. Jenn Vaughan and Breann Mumaw also tallied, and leading offensive threat Janna Pearson put the game away with her 12th and 13th goals of the season.
Staff writer Dan Steinberg contributed to this report.