Dukes, Is­landers earn spots in fi­nals

Gloucester, Po­qu­o­son post shutout wins, but York drops semi

Daily Press - - Sports - By Marty O’Brien Staff writer

Gloucester and Po­qu­o­son play for state cham­pi­onship tro­phies Satur­day. They will have to beat fa­mil­iar foes to se­cure them.

Gloucester re­turned to the Class 5 cham­pi­onship game for the first time since win­ning the state ti­tle in 2015 with a 2-0 win over Stafford in the semi­fi­nals Fri­day at South County High in Lor­ton.

Po­qu­o­son earned a spot in its first-ever Class 3 fi­nal with a 2-0 win over Tabb in the semi­fi­nals, also at South County.

Gloucester (21-0) will face Rich­mond-area school Deep Run, which beat Moun­tain View 2-1 in over­time, for the cham­pi­onship at 2 p.m. at South County. That game will be a re­match of last year’s state semi­fi­nal, which Deep Run won 3-2.

Po­qu­o­son (19-2) will play de­fend­ing cham­pion James Mon­roe of Fred­er­icks­burg, which beat York 2-1 in over­time in the other semi, for the cham­pi­onship at 10 a.m. at South County. The Is­landers lost to the Yel­low Jack­ets 3-0 ear­lier this sea­son af­ter los­ing to them in the state semi­fi­nals the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons.

Class 5

Gloucester 2, Stafford 0: HP John­son put the Dukes ahead with a goal in the first half on an as­sist from Kessa Romero. Al­li­son Good­win scored the sec­ond-half goal.

“We pretty much con­trolled the tempo by mov­ing the ball around, and had 17 shots on goal to their one,” Gloucester as­sis­tant coach Joe Dougherty said. “Over­all we’re pretty happy.”

Class 3

Po­qu­o­son 2, Tabb 0: Po­qu­o­son scored a goal in each half to beat Tabb for the sec­ond time this sea­son. Sa­man­tha Grimes scored both, get­ting an as­sist from Syd­ney Baggett on the sec­ond-half goal.

Tabb (14-6) missed reach­ing the fi­nal for the first time since 2013 and for only the sec­ond time in the past 11 sea­sons. The Tigers have won seven state ti­tles in the past decade.

They fell short de­spite solid de­fen­sive ef­forts by goal­keeper Bella Klekar, Abby Heck­ler, Hayle Hack­worth and Madi­son Kurek.

“It was good to make it this far and we fought hard, but it wasn’t the out­come we wanted,” Tabb coach Lind­say Ol­son said. “We have only three se­niors and a lot of young kids we brought up, so we’ll be back next year ready to fight.”

James Mon­roe 2, York 1: Play­ing in its first state semi­fi­nal, York took a lead nine min­utes into the sec­ond half on Vi­vian Pope’s shot from the top of the cir­cle on an as­sist from Cassie Watts. But James Mon­roe re­tal­i­ated with a goal al­most im­me­di­ately, and the score re­mained tied at 1 into sud­den-death over­time.

The Fal­cons (17-4) al­most won in over­time on a shot by Sarah Far­rell that missed by inches. As they did in the sec­ond half, the Yel­low Jack­ets re­sponded im­me­di­ately, scor­ing the goal that sent them into the fi­nal for the fourth con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

“I can’t be­gin to tell you how proud I am of this team,” York coach Dani Wa­ters said. “This team showed tremen­dous growth and we went the fur­thest we’ve ever gone.

“We have a fan­tas­tic se­nior class that showed great ef­fort and at­ti­tude, and con­tin­ued to bat­tle to the end.”

ROB OSTERMAIER/STAFF PHO­TOS

Gloucester's Tally Vaughan and Kate Neikirk cel­e­brate a sec­ond-half goal against Atlee dur­ing their Class 5 state quar­ter­fi­nal Tues­day.

Po­qu­o­son's Sa­man­tha Grimes (21), shown here against Tabb in a game Oct. 23, scored both goals as the Is­landers beat Tabb again Fri­day in North­ern Vir­ginia in a Class 3 state semi­fi­nal.

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