It took the Warhill girls soccer team an entire half to find its form Thursday. It took the Lions less than a minute to put the match away.
Warhill’s Ashley Williams and Chelsea Wolfe combined for five goals, including three in the second half, to help defeat Courtland 5-1 in a Region I semifinal Thursday at Wanner Stadium and clinch the program’s first bid to the state Group AA tournament.
After Warhill took a 2-1 lead in the first half, Williams and Wolfe each scored the first two goals of the second half within a minute of each other. Williams scored first off a header in the 58th minute of the match. Wolfe followed a minute later, sending in a deflection from 16 yards to give the Lions a 4-1 lead.
“We’ve always been a second-half team,” Wolfe said. “We’re trying to fix that, but honestly I think it’s the halftime talk.”
It was Wolfe who scored the game’s first goal, beating the Courtland keeper from 15 yards in the 29th minute off of a pretty move. Wolfe received the ball in the middle off a pass from Williams while moving to the left of the box. The junior midfielder then circled the ball and spun, putting the ball on her right foot as she moved toward the net.
A Courtland defender deflected Wolfe’s shot, yet it still found its way into the back right corner of the net.
“I saw the two players on my side and I figured they were going to follow me,” Wolfe said. “So I pulled it back and shot with my right foot, and it went in.”
Williams added a goal nine minutes later in the 38th minute of the match, scoring off a back-line pass from Wolfe to help Warhill regain the lead after a Courtland goal.
“They make a stupendous team,” Warhill coach Mike Giblin said of Wolfe and Williams. “We’re very strong if you go right from the center on top, down to our mids, then down to our defensive backs and back to our goalie.”
Warhill advanced to Friday’s Region I championship game with the victory over Courtland. The Lions will play Jamestown at Wanner Stadium at 5:30 p.m.
WARHILL 5, COURTLAND 1
Halftime: 2-1. Goals: Courtland, Quinn; Warhil, A. Williams 3, Wolfe 2. Assist: Warhill, A. Williams. Saves: Courtland, Depalma 1; Warhill, Hobe 4. Records: Courtland 15-4-0, Warhill 14-1-2.
Jamestown boys 6, Powhatan 1
Only Hunter Harnett and the Jamestown offense could outshine an otherwise chippy evening, as the Eagles’ boys won a Region I semifinal at Wanner Stadium and clinched a state berth.
They will face Tabb at about 7:15 Friday at Wanner Stadium for the region title.
Hartnett scored two goals and was featured in an attack that tallied six goals before the blaring of the first-half horn.
“He’s come on strong lately,” Jamestown coach Bobby O’Brien said. “He’s second on the team in goals and brings a dimension to us that takes a lot of pressure off Dan (Geyer) and Patrick (O’Brien) and allows us to get around the outside.”
Patrick Kelly scored the game’s first goal in the fifth minute, off a header crossed into the box by Frank Imoehl. Patrick O’Brien added a penalty kick in the 15th minute to give Jamestown a 2-0 lead.
Powhatan responded with a goal of its own before Jamestown scored four straight goals to end an increasingly contentious half. The chippiness continued into the second half, as each team earned two yellow cards and the two combined for a total of 27 fouls.
Only Powhatan would see red, though, as the Indians earned three red cards on the evening.
“We knew they would be chippy,” O’Brien said. “That was the scouting report coming in, and we knew we had to jump on them early.
The Eagles will face Tabb on Friday to determine seeding for state.
“It’s very important that we win (Friday) night,” O’Brien said. “We could conceivably get the easier game (in a state Group AA quarterfinal) … and we like staying at home.”
Halftime: 6-1. Goals: Powhatan, Lomelin; Jamestown: Hartnett 2, Kelly, O’Brien, Imoehl, P. Geyer. Assists: Jamestown, D. Geyer 2. Saves: Powhatan, Knapke 4; Jamestown, Chapman 4. Records: Jamestown 15-1-1, 17-1-2.
Jamestown girls 4, Chancellor 3, OT
Jaelyn Coates netted a 25-yard shot into the high part of the net two minutes into the fourth overtime period, lifting the Eagles to a victory in Fredericksburg and a state Group AA playoff berth.
Jamestown will face Warhill for the Region I title on Friday, then both will go to state. The Eagles won for the fifth straight time when a loss would’ve ended their year.
Goals by Nicolette Young and Sherlanda Buskey gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead, but Chancellor responded with two goals to force overtime. Meredith Napoleon provided Jamestown a 3-2 lead, but the Chargers scored again, setting up golden-goal competition.
Half: Jamestown 1-0. End of regulation: 2-2. Goals: Jamestown, Nicolette Young, Meredith Napoleon, Sherlanda Buskey, Jaelyn Coates; Chancellor, Allison Burke 2, Tiffany DuBeck. Assists: Jamestown, Buskey, Coates, Young; Chancellor, DuBeck. Saves: Jamestown, Hannah Sams 13; Chancellor, Bianca Moeller 13. Record: Jamestown 14-2-2.