Several Virginia teams contending for state championships will have to win twice Saturday to take home a title after rain moved through the Radford area Friday night.
Semifinal games in Virginia AA girls' soccer, AA softball and A boys' soccer were suspended or postponed in Radford and will be played or resumed Saturday, with finals in each classification played later in the day. Four Washington area teams were affected.
The AA girls' soccer semifinals were called off in the middle of the first game between Broad Run and Hidden Valley. The teams had played to a scoreless tie for the first 34 minutes of the game before heavy rain and lightning forced the game to be halted. That game was suspended, and the Potomac Falls-Abingdon semifinal also was moved to Saturday.
Broad Run and Hidden Valley will resume at 9:30 a.m. at Radford University. The Potomac Falls-Abingdon game will be played at Radford High at 9 a.m. The winning teams will reconvene at Radford University to play the final at 7 p.m.
"It's disappointing," Potomac Falls Coach Kris Kelican said. The players "warmed up in the morning, they're pumped up, they're ready to play, and now they have to wait."
George Mason's Virginia A boys' soccer semifinal against Radford High School was suspended until Saturday at 9 a.m. at Radford University.
With 11:57 remaining in the first half, George Mason held a 1-0 lead when the game was halted because of lightning. Mustangs senior forward Peter Hamill scored the lone goal in the 23rd minute off a rebounded shot.
The winner Saturday morning will play Clarke County at 7 p.m. Saturday, also at Radford University.
Loudoun Valley's AA softball semifinal against Turner Ashby was called in the third inning with no score. The game will resume at noon at Radford, followed by the Jefferson Forest-Rustburg semifinal. The winners will play for the state title at 6 p.m.
Despite weather delays in Newport News and Hampton, Friday night's Virginia AAA semifinals all were completed. The longest delay came in the Langley-Thomas Dale boys' soccer match. It started two hours late because of lightning and ended at about 12:20 a.m. with Langley winning 5-4 on penalty kicks.