W.T. Woodson 3, Cox 1
W.T. Woodson All-Met Claire Zimmeck has scored so many goals this season that it has gotten hard to count the important ones.
The junior forward's 29th and 30th goals of the season last night certainly fell into that category as the top-ranked Cavaliers advanced to the Virginia AAA semifinals with a 3-1 win over Cox at Westfield.
W.T. Woodson (18-0-1) will face North Stafford or Midlothian on Friday in Newport News.
After applying constant pressure from the opening whistle, the Cavaliers took the lead when Ashley Banks scored in the 28th minute. However, it was Zimmeck's goal in the 40th minute, when she touched the ball to the side of a charging goalkeeper and into the open net, that seemed to demoralize Cox (20-3).
"It broke the ice; then we were in it," Zimmeck said. "It just got us more pumped, I guess, to [beat] them."
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Zimmeck's late first-half goal was that Banks, who has gotten the majority of her 23 assists this season thanks to the scoring of Zimmeck, wasn't even in the game. Junior Emily Salinas, who usually plays defense, delivered an excellent pass to Zimmeck up the left side.
"It was huge, we had just made a sub to put someone up front, Emily Salinas, who usually doesn't run up there," W.T. Woodson Coach Sean Burke said. "She made a great pass, and Claire, as usual, perfect finish. I think that lifted everyone's spirits."
Zimmeck scored her second goal of the night in the 51st minute to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead.
The Falcons took advantage of the only real W.T. Woodson breakdown in the 55th minute when Liza Woodward scored off of a corner kick.
Her goal not withstanding, Banks spent most of the game in a spirited battle with Cox defender Stephanie Montague, whose physical play and tennis-ball-yellow shoes were certainly not enough to distract Banks and Zimmeck.
"It was physical, obviously," said Banks, who was grabbed and bumped throughout the game on either side of the field. "Some games I play, I do let it get to my head and you can tell. [Tonight] it was just a different story. [Montague's] a good player, but Claire and I are just great together."