Throughout the season, the Stone Bridge girls’ soccer team has leaned heavily on All-Met forwards Murielle Tiernan and Ashley Herndon to frustrate opposing defenses. The dangerous pair carried the third-ranked Bulldogs to a Northern Region title, earning the chance to host Central Region runner-up Deep Run in Tuesday’s Virginia AAA quarterfinal.
Despite a spirited effort in the final minutes, Stone Bridge’s playoff push ended with a 3-2 loss in Ashburn because of the efforts of another talented goal scorer. Senior Tori Fubara provided all of Deep Run’s offense with three goals, and the Wildcats held on to advance to a state semifinal against Broad Run on Friday night at Westfield.
“We definitely had our chances,” Stone Bridge Coach Joan Windows said. “They were aggressive, and we weren’t able to settle and play our game and work the ball around. ... It just didn’t go our way, but it could’ve gone our way.”
The Bulldogs (16-3-2) spent the rest of the night chasing Deep Run (19-3) after Fubara broke free behind the defense and finished a breakaway 86 seconds in. The North Carolina-Charlotte recruit was just getting started on the way to the first hat trick of her high school career.
Fubara ran through a cross from junior Haley Sinclair and ripped in a shot from the edge of the 6-yard box later in the first half. After Stone Bridge scored its first goal, she added another early in the second half, flicking in a loose ball off a long throw.
“I was just being feisty and being scrappy,” Fubara said. “I was just trying to do whatever I could to get the ball in.”
Freshman Lauren Brower scored her first goal of the season for Stone Bridge with 28 seconds left in the first half. Herndon, who had an apparent goal disallowed with about eight minutes left for running into the goalie, had the other tally in the final minute of the game. The James Madison recruit tucked a perfect 20-yard shot inside the far post with 20 seconds left for the Bulldogs’ final goal of the season.
After winning the school’s first AAA title with an undefeated run in 2010, the Bulldogs’ bid for a repeat championship ended with a loss to Chantilly in the Northern Region quarterfinals. This time Herndon said the team ended with a postseason showing to build upon.
“We wanted to get back to states, and we’ve been improving ever since” last season ended, Herndon said. “Next year we’re hoping to improve even more in our senior year.”
Broad Run senior midfielder Darbie Kelley scored on a direct kick in the 23rd minute. Freshman midfielder Steph Stahl, assisted by junior forward Cassie Smith, scored two minutes into the second half.
Defender Jessica Glaudemans cleared a would-be goal by the Knights (20-2-1) late in the game.
Broad Run (14-4-5) won the past four titles in the AA classification.
●COSBY 2, W.T. WOODSON 1: The Cavaliers’ comeback fell short in a AAA quarterfinal in Midlothian. W.T. Woodson (13-3-5) fell behind 2-0 late in the first half and struggled to contain the Titans’ forwards.
●WOODGROVE 3, GRAFTON 1 (2 OT): Junior Ashley Bonner scored twice in overtime to power the undefeated Wolverines to a AA quarterfinal win in Purcellville.
Woodgrove, a second-year school, is making its second straight trip to the state semifinals. Last spring, they made a surprising playoff run with a young roster but fell to Blacksburg, 1-0, in the semifinals.
Woodgrove (22-0-1), the Region II champion, will face Blacksburg on Friday at Radford University. Blacksburg defeated Spotswood, 2-0, on Tuesday.
●LOUDOUN COUNTY 5, TABB 0: The Raiders scored four goals in the game’s first 25 minutes and cruised in a AA quarterfinal in Yorktown.
Loudoun County (17-4-2) will face Jefferson Forest, which beat Salem 3-0, on Friday at Radford.
●GEORGE MASON 6, NORTHUMBERLAND 0: Senior forward Leah Roth scored five goals to lead the Mustangs to a convincing win in an A quarterfinal in Falls Church. Roth, the Region B Player of the Year and Mary Washington recruit, is the Washington area’s leading scorer with 33 goals.
The Mustangs (22-3), the four-time defending state champion, face James River on Friday at Radford. James River defeated Gate City, 3-0.