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The Northern Virginia school outshot the PH girls 16-1 as the Patriots' season came to a close.
Friday, May 24, 2013
The thunder and lightning that brought a halt to the Group AAA Northwest Region girls soccer game was minimal.
By contrast the fireworks visiting Patriot staged at Patrick Henry had some serious pop.
The Pioneers, making their first girls soccer postseason in only the second year the school has been open, scored three first half goals en route to a 4-0 shutout shortened by the brief storm. The game was stopped with 11 minutes 39 seconds left in the second half.
PH (9-9-2) was outshot 16-1 as its season closed. Patriot (13-2-3) advances to the next round 5 p.m. Monday at Albemarle.
“They have a good team, and I’m really proud of our girls,” Patrick Henry coach Carrie O’Keeffe said. “I thought we played smart and within ourselves. We were disciplined. It was a pretty good defensive effort. When we won the ball, we were able to possess it.”
That didn’t happen very often, though. The Pioneers were skilled and athletic at every position. Much of the action was at their offensive end.
Kristin Schnurr , a sophomore already committed to Penn State, scored twice, the capper coming 14:43 into the second half when she was too quick for the defense, won a one-on-one contest directly in front of the net and belted the goal from 10 yards.
Schnurr’s other goal came on a penalty kick 37:16 into the first half.
The Pioneers got things started 5:11 in on an Allison Bunner blast from 12 yards. Bunner, one of five seniors, is a James Madison signee. Tori Burress made it 2-0 when she curved in a direct kick from a severe angle to the left 26:46 into the half.
Patriot coach Kelly Beauchamp-Payne was treating the long trip from Northern Virginia as a team-building exercise.
“I told the girls going into this game this is what you dream of, this is like college,” she said. “We leave school early, we ride the bus together, we eat lunch together — all that builds into the way we play. The more time a team spends together, the better they play, the more magic happens, the more they connect together. My team is definitely one of those ones that needs those connections.”
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