Freshman forward Kelly Reinwald scored with 2 minutes 10 seconds left in the first overtime to lift top-ranked North Stafford to a 1-0 victory over visiting Gar-Field in a Virginia AAA Northwestern Region girls' soccer semifinal last night.
Reinwald's goal, off an assist by sophomore midfielder Caitlin Wetzelberger, put the Wolverines (19-0-1) in the Virginia AAA tournament for the second straight season and avenged a loss to Gar-Field (11-6-2) in last year's region final. The victory was their 13th by shutout this season.
North Stafford will host Forest Park (12-1-3) in tomorrow's 7 p.m. region final.
The No. 6 Bruins defeated visiting Colonial Forge, 1-0, as senior midfielder Courtney Portell scored off senior defender Ashleigh Blumer's corner kick in the 55th minute.
AAA Northern Region Football Gets New Look
The Virginia AAA Northern Region football playoffs could have a different look next year. That's because Hayfield, previously a Division 6 contender, will play in Division 5 next year. And Langley and W.T. Woodson, last year's Division 5 winner, will compete in Division 6.
The Virginia High School League recently informed the schools of the changes, which were made based on projected enrollment figures for next school year. The changes take effect this fall and only apply to football.
The addition of two Loudoun County schools -- Loudoun Valley and Stone Bridge, both of which will be in Division 5 -- helped push W.T. Woodson and Langley up to Division 6. Hayfield fell because it stands to lose as many as 800 students to South County High, which is slated to open in the fall as a Division 5 school.
Potomac Falls Advances
Forward Ashleigh Snook scored twice in the final 15 minutes to lift fourth-ranked Potomac Falls to a 2-1 win at Brentsville in a AA Region II semifinal. Potomac Falls (16-2-3) will host Stone Bridge, a 2-0 winner over Western Albemarle, in tomorrow's region final.
-- Jon Goldberg, Tarik El-Bashir and Charlie Moss