Gonzaga's Don Smith, one of the area's most successful boys' soccer coaches over the past two decades, will retire at the end of the season.
During two stints that spanned 13 years as Gonzaga's varsity coach, Smith, 62, directed the Eagles to four league championships -- one Washington Metropolitan Independent Soccer League title in 1983 and three consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles from 2000 to 2002. Smith's all-time record at Gonzaga is 177-55-17.
Although the Eagles' 1999 season ended with a disappointing loss in the conference semifinals after an undefeated regular season, Smith pointed to that team as the catalyst for the Eagles' recent run of four consecutive championship game appearances. Gonzaga (10-4-5) will be one of the WCAC's top seeds when the playoffs begin next week.
"The '99 team really laid the foundation for the success we're having today," Smith said. "That was a really special group."
Flint Hill Takes Golf Title
Flint Hill claimed its first Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference golf championship in seven years with a four-man score of 316 at the par-71 Westfields Golf Club. The Huskies beat second-place Maret by 12 strokes and established a new low score for the MAC championship.
Flint Hill's Matt Kennerknect fired a 73 to win the individual conference title.
Seton Wins Easily
Four seniors lifted the Elizabeth Seton girls' soccer team to a 5-0 victory over visiting Episcopal on the Roadrunners' senior day.
Hazel Toler led Seton with two goals and one assist while sweeper Giulia Rosanova scored the first goal of her career.
Jessica Shaffer added an assist, and goalkeeper Cassie Alberding posted her fourth shutout of the season as the Roadrunners improved their overall record to 6-8-2.
Robinson Pulls Upset
Third-seeded Robinson upset No. 7 Lake Braddock, 2-1, in double overtime in the Virginia AAA Patriot District field hockey semifinals.
With the victory over the second-seeded Bruins, the Rams advanced to today's final against top-seeded Annandale. The Atoms advanced to the final after Krista Silano's goal propelled them to a 1-0 win over T.C. Williams.
Sidwell Clinches MAC
No. 8 Sidwell Friends defeated St. James, 2-1, in boys' soccer to clinch the MAC regular season championship. The Quakers improved to 10-1 in the conference and 13-1-3 overall.
-- Tarik El-Bashir
and Rich Campbell