3A fi­nal

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CH­E­SA­PEAKE 2, C. MIL­TON WRIGHT 0: A goal early in the game and a spec­tac­u­lar save late in the first half was all the Ch­e­sa­peake needed to re­peat as state cham­pion.

Eryn Beal put the Cougars ahead early, while Eve Vick­ery pre­served the lead with a stop on a break­away just be­fore half­time.

Ch­e­sa­peake (15-4) won its first state ti­tle in the history of the school last year, then made its way through a tough sched­ule this year to send its five se­niors out as back-to­back state cham­pi­ons.

“I had a core of 15 play­ers this year who played with heart and de­ter­mi­na­tion,” Ch­e­sa­peake coach Joan John­son said. “I have such a great coach­ing staff, such good kids and par­ents and great sup­port from my school. I’m re­ally go­ing to miss that group of se­niors that won back-to-back for us.”

Beal, who had to leave the game late in the first half fol­low­ing a nasty col­li­sion, did her dam­age be­fore go­ing out. She weaved her way through the de­fense and scored at the 22:54 mark of the first half to put the Cougars ahead.

“We just needed to build our mo­men­tum. Once that first goal went in, we relaxed a lit­tle,” Beal said. “It was just a much bet­ter game once we relaxed.”

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