Radford (June 10, 2013) – Woodgrove High School, which opened just three years ago, has already won two girls soccer state champions as the Wolverines topped Dulles District foe Briar Woods, 2-0, on a sunny afternoon at Radford Sunday to claim a second straight state title.
“It feels pretty good. I was just thinking when they got the awards that it is a little surreal to win two in a row,” said Woodgrove coach Erin Barrett. “Last year we were the home team all the way through, and this year we were the away team – with a lot of traveling. They did this for each other, they were playing for each other.”
Woodgrove took control of the game early when senior co-captian Bergen Elkjer found the back of the net off a corner kick just 38 seconds into the game.
With less than a minute to play in the first half, Woodgrove’s Ashley Bonner beat two Falcon defenders and the goalie to put the Wolverines ahead by two going into the half.
Briar Woods was held without a clear scoring opportunity in the first half. Briar Woods offense set the pace of play in the second half. Falcon forward McKensey Ziegler put the first shot on goal for Briar Woods but Woodgrove keeper Maggie Buxton made a great save to keep the Falcons off the board.
Later in the half, Brair Woods Elizabeth Reid received a great pass from Emma Quirk and shot just over the top of the crossbar in the 72nd minute of play.
The Woodgrove offense was kept quiet in the second half by the Falcon defensive trio of Mikki Batt, Mia Venkat and Tori Panzica.
Speaking to her team after the game, Briar Woods coach Ann Vierkorn said; “We had a great team this year. Let’s use this as motivation to get back here next year and then go home with the championship.”
Woodgrove and Briar Woods split four meetings on the season with the Falcons winning in the regular season and in the Region II finals but the Wolverines claimed two trophy’s including the biggest prize, winning the Dulles District and AA state tournaments.
Woodgrove finished the year 20-5-1 while Briar Woods finished 19-5-1.