First Colonial fails in Women’s Soccer State Championship rematch – The Virginian-Pilot
ASHBURN – The first colonial saw double.
Not only were the Patriots back in the Women’s Soccer State Championship, but their opponent, Briar Woods, was the same.
Last year, First Colonial beat the Falcons on penalties at home, but this time Briar Woods won 1-0 at home on Saturday thanks to a first-half penalty.
“We played with all our hearts,” said senior forward Karleigh Minson, “but I don’t think we played together as much as we could. But I have no doubt that the next two years they will be great. We have a good growing team. »
Briar Woods looked strong early on, eager to avenge last season’s loss. Led by Taylor Price, hired by Virginia Tech, the Falcons settled into the offensive third and scored a penalty in the 17th minute.
Determined to slow Price down, the Patriots (17-2-1) deployed Maddie Kainer and Sydney Miller to follow her and they did an outstanding job. The Falcons failed to score as the game progressed.
However, neither did First Colonial.
The balance swung to the Patriots in the second half when the extra pressure was needed, but the shots were limited and lacked the pace to challenge the goaltender.
“We started playing together a little bit more until the end,” Minson said. “When we do one-two up top, we’re unstoppable and I think the emotions were really high. We were all trying to score, get a goal and get level.
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As a frantic back-and-forth emerged in the final 15 minutes, second-year goaltender Charlotte Burge made several key saves to keep First Colonial’s hopes alive.
“I feel like we talked about containing them and allowing them to come to us and then we’ll attack them immediately,” Burge said of the defensive game plan. “They could dribble through us if we let them, so if we had kept compact we would have contained it.”
Time ran out, leaving a decorated senior class to finish with a state title and a state runner-up.
“We won the state championship the year  before they entered the program,” Burge said, “so they definitely had to step it up when their seniors left before. They did a great job fulfilling this role. I feel like they left a huge impact on our team and that will help us in the future.
Burge is part of a large, talented sophomore class that is being set up for more success.
“I have no doubt they’ll be back here next year in the same position,” Minson said. “They have big shoes to fill, but I think they will. Just refuse to lose and play the FC Patriot way and you’ll be fine.
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