Emily Jukich and the Centreville girls' soccer team will get another shot at the team that has had a run of good fortune during its quest for the state title.
Jukich had a goal and an assist Friday, leading the Wildcats to a 2-1 win over Mills Godwin and turning Saturday night's Virginia AAA girls' soccer final into a rematch of the Northern Region championship against top-ranked W.T. Woodson.
The Cavaliers, who beat Centreville, 3-2, in the regional final, advanced with a 4-3 win in penalty kicks after playing a feisty North Stafford team to a 1-1 draw in regulation.
"It hypes it up a lot more because we wanted to play Woodson in the finals," Jukich said. "We want to take it from them this time."
The final will mark the fifth time two Northern Region schools will meet for the state title and the first since W.T. Woodson beat Langley 2-1 in 2001.
Mills Godwin (13-7-2) had no answer on its back line for Jukich, who was slowed only by her overaggressive play. She was whistled offside five times.
The good news for Centreville (17-3-1) was that it held the Eagles to one shot in the first half. It was one that couldn't have been timed worse as Katy Lange broke in alone in the 40th minute to tie the game just before the half.
After each team lost a player to a red card less than a minute apart, Jukich scored the winner in the 55th minute for the Wildcats from the top of the penalty area, ensuring the school its first state championship game appearance.
"We're a lot closer," Centreville Coach Warren Williams said. "We wish we would have had a couple of more because then it would have been a little easier for us."
W.T. Woodson (19-0-1) continued its remarkable streak of pulling out close matches, winning a shootout for the second time in the playoffs.
The Cavaliers, who had seen their two previous seasons end in shootouts, needed to win one with defending state champion Lake Braddock in the regional semifinals and another Friday to get back to the state final for the first time since 2001.
"We lost [the last] two years; now in one season we've made up for it," said W.T. Woodson midfielder Crystal Thune, who scored in regulation and made her shot in penalty kicks. "I think we've had a little bit of luck going our way recently. We've had the hard bracket, so I think having two shootouts go our way makes up for it."
The Wolverines (20-3), the first Stafford County team to win a state tournament game, got eight saves from goalkeeper Maria Mohammed to get the game into penalty kicks.
"I hate to see it end in penalty kicks," North Stafford Coach JoAnn Szymanski said. "Sometimes I just wish they'd play until somebody drops or somebody scores."