Jefferson Forest sophomore Ava Davis’ second-half goal cut the Cavaliers’ deficit to one and ignited the Cavalier faithful at Sabre Stadium on Tuesday night.
However, Woodgrove’s ability to take advantage of loose balls inside the goal box proved to be too much for the Cavaliers.
Woodgrove capitalized on floated passes that were dropped inside the goal box by finding the back of the net to defeat Jefferson Forest 4-2 in the Class 4 girls soccer quarterfinals in Forest.
“All of their goals came off balls floating in the [6-yard box], just dropped balls,” JF coach Matt Newton said in a phone interview. “They had really dynamic forwards.”
Katie Oliver scored three times, and Dalani Stephens also found the back of the net for Woodgrove (14-1-3).
Woodgrove led 3-1 at the half. the Cavaliers (20-1) got on the board in the first 20 minutes with Taylor Mason’s goal.
“In the first half, we weren’t quick enough in possession,” Newton said. “The second half we came out much more ready to go and battled more.”
JF used possession and movement to get in position for Davis’ score that cut the deficit to one goal, and the momentum shifted to the Cavaliers’ side.
“We were knocking for sure,” Newton said.
However, Newton said his goalkeeper was hit attempting to corral a ball in the air, and it dropped in the goal box where Woodgrove scored to extend its lead back to two goals.
The loss ended the Cavaliers’ season and a career for a senior class that finished with a 79-4 career record.
“I think it’s an unbelievable group of girls,” Newton said. “They’re state champions, three-time region champions. … We’re just proud that they fought to the end this year.”
LCA 11, Kettle Run 0
Christian Gordon struck out 11 over six scoreless innings, and Quade Tomlin hit a grand slam as part of a five-RBI performance as LCA cruised over Kettle Run in the Class 4 quarterfinals.
The Bulldogs (25-1) advance to the state semifinals and are scheduled to play Lafayette at 10 a.m. Friday at Salem Memorial Stadium. Lafayette defeated Midlothian 8-0.
Tomlin hit both of his homers in the first two innings to give LCA a 6-0 lead. He led off the first with a home run and then hit a one-out grand slam in the second inning for his only two hits of the game.
Gordon, the Liberty University signee, scattered four hits and only walked one to pick up the victory. He also went 1 for 3.
Emmanuel Johnson went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, while Pell Collins and Jacob Williams each had two hits and an RBI.
Caden Decroo had a double for Kettle Run (11-10).
Lancaster 5, William Campbell 0
In Lancaster, Matthew Kleinfelter allowed two hits and struck out 12 over 6 2/3 innings, Nicholas Wohleking drove in two runs on a third-inning single, and Lancaster shut out William Campbell in the Class 1 quarterfinals.
Kleinfelter also went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Spencer Crittenden went 3 for 3 with two runs scored for the Red Devils (19-3-1).
Sloan Seals, Randy Crabtree and Isaac Jennings each had one hit for the Generals (10-12).
Woodgrove 3, Amherst 1
In Purcellville, Jaimee Hardy hit a two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Woodgrove to a dramatic victory over Amherst in the Class 4 quarterfinals.
The Wolverines (21-5) trailed 1-0 heading to the bottom of the seventh and scored all three runs with one out.
Kathryn Merchant reached on an error to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Madison Milne’s double scored Merchant to tie the game, and Hardy followed on the sixth pitch of her at-bat with a line-drive homer to left field for the walkoff victory.
Amherst (10-14) took a lead in the fourth inning on Kaelyn Ramsey’s double that scored Chanceton Follett.
Amherst starter Elizabeth Carter allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, walked one and struck out one in 6 1/3 innings.
Rappahannock 9, Altavista 2
In Warsaw, the Raiders (18-3) cruised to a victory over the Colonels in the Class 1 quarterfinals.
Two locals, two LU players drafted on second day
Forest natives Zach Peek and Zack Hess were selected 21 picks apart in the sixth and seventh rounds of the Major League Baseball amateur draft Tuesday, while two Liberty University players were picked later on the draft’s second day.
Peek, a junior at Winthrop and Jefferson Forest High graduate, was taken by the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth round with the 181st pick. The right-hander, a second-team all-Big South Conference selection, was 7-3 with a 4.02 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings this past season.
Hess and LSU are scheduled to host the Baton Rouge Super Regional this weekend against Florida State. The Liberty Christian Academy graduate was selected in the MLB Draft for the second straight year. He was taken in the 34th round by the Atlanta Braves last year but elected to return for his junior season.
And the return paid off with his selection by the Tigers in the seventh round with the 202nd overall pick.
Hess, a right-hander, is 4-5 with a 4.63 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 70 innings this season.
Liberty’s season ended this past weekend in the Chapel Hill Regional, and the Flames had two players selected on the second day of the draft.
Senior right-hander Evan Brabrand was selected in the ninth round with the 261st overall pick by the Miami Marlins, and junior catcher Jonathan Embry was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 308th pick in the 10th round.
Brabrand was named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and finished his season with a 4-2 record with 1.56 ERA, 13 saves and 62 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings.
Embry was named the Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year and tournament MVP and batted .310 with team highs of 16 doubles and 11 home runs to go with 44 RBIs.
Peek, Hess and Embry can opt to return for their senior seasons if they do not agree to contracts with their respective teams.
From staff reports