The looming scoreboard was a troubling thought bubble for Westfield All-Met senior midfielder Meghan Winesett and her teammates throughout the second half of the Virginia AAA quarterfinal on their home field against Mountain View on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs took shot after shot, penalty corner after penalty corner, on the scoreboard end of the field, but for all 30 minutes and at the end of the game, that scoreboard displayed the same digits it displayed at halftime: Mountain View 2, Westfield 1.
Westfield was on the offensive almost the entire second half — Mountain View took two timeouts in an eight-minute span for a break — and had been a second-half team all season.
But the Bulldogs, who have scored 115 goals this season, could not punch in one to tie the game against senior goalkeeper Caitlin Nolan, not on four consecutive penalty corners early in the second half or the final one with no time on the clock.
“We had three balls go over [the goal]. We hit the post twice,” Winesett said. “If we kept doing it, we figured we’d get a goal like we always do. It kind of stinks when you get down there and it’s [a frustrating] ‘Oh’ every single time. It kind of takes a toll on you and then you start thinking, ‘We’re never going to get one in.’ ”
“I really thought eventually that it was going to go in,” said Westfield Coach Starr Karl, whose team got a goal from junior Katie Winesett with 47 seconds left in the first half off the rebound of a shot by cousin Meghan Winesett. “Up until the last corner [a Meghan Winesett shot] I thought it was going to go in, and it almost went in. . . . They’re absolutely devastated. I’m just re-running the game in my head. How could this happen?”
Westfield (20-3), which trailed only in its three losses this season, took 14 penalty corners to one for Stafford County school Mountain View. Westfield had an 8-5 edge in shots. Sophomores Meredith Hubert and Gretchen Geisler scored the Mountain View goals that Karl thought should have been prevented.
With Northern Region champion Westfield’s loss and South County’s 2-1 overtime setback Tuesday at Stafford in another state quarterfinal, the Northern Region’s state drought continues. The Northern has produced one state champion (W.T. Woodson in 2003) and six state runners-up (five by Lake Braddock) in the past 26 years.
South County (17-7) lost in overtime on a goal by Stafford’s Cassie Hooghouse. The Stallions had tied the game on a goal by senior Stephanie Halsted with 3 minutes 20 seconds left in regulation.
“It was like one breakdown and they just capitalized [in overtime],” South County Coach Leah Conte said. “My goalie went down [and made the save], we didn’t get a quick clear off her pads and they flipped it right over her.”
South County had to replace nine seniors off the team that won the 2011 region title, and this year’s team had only four seniors.
“It really should have been a rebuilding year for us, but every game we just got better and better and better,” Conte said.