Yorktown women’s soccer team wins third state title

A season that started with a loss ended with no further setbacks and a state championship for the Yorktown Patriots.

The women’s soccer team won the Virginia High School League Class 6 State Tournament by eliminating the Kellam Knights, 1-0, in the June 11 title game at Freedom-South Riding High School in the Loudun County. Yorktown (21-1-1) was 3-0 in the state tournament and 8-0 overall in the playoffs, also winning previous Liberty District and 6D North Region tournaments.

The state championship was the team’s third, with the other two coming in 2017 and 2019.

“The football talent that comes from Yorktown is incredible,” Patriots coach Hannah Davis said. “The trick is finding the right strategies and the right formations to play so that we can be successful. We were able to do that. Our elders [nine overall, six starters] did an incredible job of leadership.

Davis expected the match against Kellam to be close, tough and difficult.

“They were a strong, physical team that played very straight, so we had to win the balls 50-50, get the first touches and play really good defense,” Davis said. “I thought it would be a 1-0 game.”

Yorktown junior Aminata Davis scored the game’s only goal on a 25-yard shot with 12 minutes left in the game.

“The ball bounced off Aminata, she got space and launched a rocket shot over the keeper’s right shoulder which was perfectly placed,” the coach said of the goal.

Shay Montgomery and Nora Green-Orset had shots off the crossbar, and Moira Flynn had a shot off a corner kick saved by Kellam’s keeper with a finger.

On defense, the Patriots were disciplined and the coach said they were able to match Kellam’s physical play when needed. Evelyn Casadaban made a big save with three minutes left for Yorktown and Patriots goaltender Margaux Harms made a half-dozen saves. Ellie Simmons and Talia Agrillo were also standouts defensively.

“We have the best defensive line in the state,” Hannah Davis said. “Our defense works, communicates well and they can move the ball.”

The Yorktown coach said the performance in the state final was the best his team has played this season.

The loss ended Kellam’s eight-game winning streak. The Knights have allowed just five goals all season and only three in the playoffs.

By contrast, Yorktown has allowed just one goal in eight playoff games, scored just eight goals all season and recorded 18 shutouts. The team was undefeated in its last 22 games.

In the first round of the state tournament, Yorktown shut out visiting Alexandria City, 4-0. Montgomery and Green-Orset each scored two goals. Montgomery added two assists, and Flynn and Green-Orsett had one assist each.

Against the Patriot Pioneers in the semifinals, Yorktown led 2-0 on a first-half goal from Montgomery, then one from Green-Orset on a rebound shot, initially caught by Flynn, with 12:08 to play. Patriot scored with 7:05 left and had a few more shots. Harms made a solid save in the final 20 seconds, and others before that.

“We came out and put pressure on their keeper, we were able to keep the ball, then we used the clock well after taking the lead,” said Hannah Davis.

REMARKS: The only other stain on Yorktown’s record was a scoreless regular-season tie against Langley on May 9. The Patriots went on to win their last 10 games. . . Yorktown seniors Montgomery (South Carolina), Simmons (University at Buffalo) and Green-Orset (William and Mary) will play varsity lacrosse this fall.

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