When Catie Bryant scored the biggest goal of the Briar Woods girls’ soccer team’s season to date — an overtime game-winner for a 1-0 victory against Potomac Falls in the Virginia Class 5 Region C title game Friday — there was a brief pause before the madness.
The Falcons had scored a goal in the first minute of the game that had been waved off because the play was offside. They spent the rest of the championship match missing on chance after chance, a frustrating trend that carried into extra time. So when Bryant got on the end of a cross and sent it home, there was a slight hesitation as the team waited for some kind of whistle.
“Everyone just looked around for a second,” Coach Kimmy Moss said. “And then we sprinted onto the field. There was a dog pile. It was great.”
It was the Falcons’ fourth meeting of the year with Potomac Falls. They faced the Panthers twice in the regular season and then beat them in the district championship. In the regional title game, Moss said her team did a great job of creating chances, but it just couldn’t finish.
“It definitely turned very frustrating for us. In moments like that, you have to be constructive,” Moss said. “I told them: ‘We’re right there. Keep going. We’ve got this.’ ”
The Falcons will play Region D runner-up Mountain View in the quarterfinals Tuesday, while Potomac Falls will face Albemarle on Monday. The teams could meet again in Friday’s state semifinals.
In the Class 6 bracket, W.T. Woodson enters the quarterfinals with one really good thing going for it: The Cavaliers don’t give up goals — not lately, at least. The Cavaliers won the Region C tournament without allowing the opponent to score, capped with a 2-0 victory over South County in Friday’s final.
“We’re hanging our hat on our defense right now,” Coach Warren Williams said. “And our offense has been opportunistic, getting enough goals to get the job done.”
Led by senior goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz and center back Faith Stynchula, the Cavaliers’ defensive unit shut down the Stallions as senior midfielders Sydney Kulenguski and Emily Wiggins provided the goals.
Woodson will face Chantilly in the quarterfinals after the Chargers fell to Madison in the Region D championship game Friday. Madison will face South County.
“I told them: ‘Enjoy it for the next 48 hours. [In the state playoffs], you’re o-o,’ ” Williams said of the regional championship.
Woodgrove and Loudoun County are the local teams to watch in the Class 4 bracket. The Wolverines topped Loudoun County, 3-2, in the Region C championship game Thursday on Dalani Stephens’s extra-time goal.
The Wolverines also have been superb on defense; Thursday’s game was the first time they have given up more than one goal in a game this season. It was a long, draining game for both teams, who now have to recharge for the state playoff run.
“We were lucky because it was pretty cool out, so we didn’t have to deal with heat,” Woodgrove Coach Pat Manno said. “We didn’t really sub much in overtime; neither team did. The team just preserved.”
If Woodgrove beats Blacksburg and Loudoun County tops Jefferson Forest on Tuesday, the teams will meet for the third time this season in Friday’s state semifinals.
At the Class 2 level, George Mason is going for its 11th straight state championship. The Mustangs face Poquoson in the quarterfinals Tuesday.