Tabb boys, Lafayette girls and Poquoson reach championship football games – The Virginian-Pilot
Semi-finals class 3
Tabb 2, Charlottesville 1
Following Tabb’s loss in the Grade 3 men’s football semi-final a year ago, longtime coach Scott Kuhnle suggested his players “remember that feeling”, so they work for it. redeem it.
The Tigers did just that on Friday, rallying to beat Charlottesville 2-1 at Courtland High in the state semifinals. The 18-1 Tigers will contest a first state title since 1997 at 10 a.m. Saturday at Courtland Field.
Charlottesville (17-3-2) controlled the ball for much of the first half and took the lead eight minutes after Xavier Trager’s goal. The Tigers had one of their rare first-half chances as Garrett Aunapu slipped Ty Hefner’s cross into the right corner of the goal to level the game at 1 apiece.
“I thought we started slow, but their first goal woke us up,” Kuhnle said. “I don’t know if it’s because we play such a tough and grueling schedule, but I think it helped our fitness and we controlled the majority of possession in the second half.”
Austin Robertson capitalized on that advantage with a long run into the penalty area, where he was brought down by one of the Black Knights. Robertson converted the ensuing penalty with 22 minutes remaining to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Charlottesville never really threatened that lead, as Michael Hackworth controlled the ball in midfield, where Andrew Fiocca dominated the balls in the air as usual. When the Tigers went into head protection mode in the final 13 minutes, Kyrillos Henin, Jacob Kimball, Jackson Shiflett and Noah Martin proved impenetrable.
“We were humbled last year, sent home with our tails between our legs, so stepping up and playing for the state title was our goal from day one,” Kuhnle said. “We wanted to prove ourselves and everyone did their part by working hard.”
Semi-finals class 3
Lafayette 4, Lord Botetourt 1
Brooke Potter scored her 37th and 38th goals of the season and Lexi King added another as the Rams (17-2) earned a berth in the program’s state championship opener.
Lord Botetourt cut the Rams’ lead to 2-1 before the 10th minute of the second half. But the Rams pushed the attack on the Cavaliers goal behind midfielder Walker, Sam Lynch and Emma Moyer.
Walker added the third goal. Potter, who got plenty of help up front from King and Posey Troy, added the fourth to make it 4-1.
The defense, led by Jasmin Piggott and Kira Moore, held the Cavaliers (20-4) in check from there. The Rams play for the state title at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Courtland.
“We said from practice one that our goal was to play for a state championship,” Rams coach Kellie Ernst said. “They fought all the time and deserve to be there.”
Semi-finals class 2
Poquoson 2, Alleghany 1
Kayla Romine scored the game-winner for the Islanders with 2 minutes and 30 seconds left in second overtime, putting Poquoson in her first women’s soccer state championship game with victory Friday at Salem.
Poquoson coach Jeff Imgrund felt his side had the best scoring opportunities most of regulation time. However, the key game of the first 71 minutes was the save of goalkeeper Sydney McCarthy on a Mountaineers penalty (20-2-2).
“That save changed the game,” Imgrund said. “It gave Sydney confidence and it gave us momentum.”
The Islanders (9-10) fell behind with nine minutes left in regulation time on their own missed punt that the Mountaineers’ Kinley Eggleston put in goal. Poquoson responded with Skylar Brown’s goal off Quinn Sparkman’s corner kick, tying the game at 1 apiece with five minutes left in regulation time.
Imgrund believes the athleticism of players like Brown, a star of the Islanders’ 2020 state field hockey champion, has been key.
“We have players who excel in other sports, like field hockey and track and field, rather than year-round club soccer players,” he said. “They have to work harder, but I think that makes us a better team.
“That experience of playing in a state championship game for the first time in program history is something they will never forget.”
Class 4 semi-finals
Tuscarora 4, Smithfield 1
Smithfield’s maiden trip to a Class 4 women’s football semi-final ended in a 1-0 loss to Tuscarora at Riverbend High on Friday, but Nathan Jones did not consider the result a failure. Instead, the second-year Packers coach saw the tight result as a sign of better things to come.
“Nobody thought we had a chance, but the girls set their sights on the pitch and gave it their all,” Jones said. “They played at a high level in the Bay Rivers District and the State Tournament, and I’m proud of what they did and the season they had.”
While the Huskies (14-2) controlled the ball more often, the Packers (18-2) had a few good chances to take the lead in the first 60 minutes. Lydia Jones narrowly missed scoring from a Katie Lutz cross by a foot or two early in the game, before Kaitlyn Worrell made a good shot to create a shot that she missed high in the second half.
Meanwhile, the Packers’ defense, led by Emma Forbes – who cleared two potential goals off the line – and goaltender Sydney Schwartz (13 saves) was spectacular. Tuscarora broke through with a close goal in a scramble in the box with just under 20 minutes to go.
The Packers offense took a hit moments before when Region A Class 4 Player of the Year Lutz (30 goals, eight assists) left the field with an injury.
“Tuscarora had the best defense we’ve played all year and they’ve got a really good team,” Jones said. “But this game has shown that our girls buy into what we teach, so we will be back.
“I am sad for the elders, but they can be proud of the foundation and the legacy they have created. »
Semi-finals class 3
Christian Liberty 12, Lafayette 1
The Rams’ loss at Spotsylvania High marked the final outing for one of the most successful senior classes in program history.
Kevin Cole, Luke Hanson, Blake Townsend and Price Whitaker were all part of the Rams team that won the second state title in program history with the spectacular 9-8 victory over Riverside in the class final 4 2019. After losing the 2020 season to COVID-19, they helped lead the Rams to back-to-back Class 3 State Semifinals.
The end came quickly Friday as LCA hit for nine runs in the second inning. Losing pitcher Kevin Cole’s single to left field in the third inning led Tristan Hiestand for the Rams’ lone run.
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Cole will play for Division III Rowan in New Jersey next year and Luke Hanson – a star on the 2019 state title rosters – has signed to play for Virginia. Whitaker led the Rams (17-8) with a .432 batting average, while Hanson pitched 7-1 and struck out 72 in 48⅓ innings.
“They were a hell of a group to coach and we as coaches were lucky to have them,” Rams coach Matt Mills said. “This team fought hard, worked hard and learned to deal with failure after losing a handful of games.
“They were resilient.”
Semi-finals class 3
New Kent 2, Fort Challenge 0
Morgan Berg threw one hit, striking out six, and Alline Alexander and Jess Taggart had two hits to lead the Trojans (23-1) into Saturday’s 11 a.m. championship game against Lord Botetourt at Spotsylvania High.