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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
E.C. Glass (20-1-2) got a quick two-goal outburst in the opening 10 minutes, and the Hilltoppers went on to beat Cave Spring 4-1 to advance to Group AA semifinals.
The Knights (14-9) never recovered from the early burst.
Cave Spring's lone tally came in the 76th minute by defender Nick Snodgrass.
"It kind of blindsided us, to be honest," Cave Spring coach Brad Collins said. "We needed to come out intense in the first half. We needed to match their intensity. We set out to have a 0-0 score the first 20 minutes, and they got two on us."
GROUP AA GIRLS
Jefferson Forest 0
FOREST - Jessi Wollmann took a centering feed from Morgan Evans in the third minute, chipped the ball over a defender and scored the only goal as the Bruins (18-3) knocked off Jefferson Forest (18-3-1) to advance to the Group AA semifinals.
"The game was cruel to us tonight," Jefferson Forest coach Stan Golon said. "The goal was a slip up and I think our keeper took our marking player out and gave one of the best players in the state an open net. Other than that, I don't think they got too many good sniffs."
Laura Alberts made four saves for Blacksburg while Allison Gossen made five saves in net for Jefferson Forest.
Group A BOYS
Galax 2, Gate City 0
BRISTOL, Va. - Galax striker Andres Medina's 17th-minute rip dipped just under the crossbar and nestled into the upper right corner of the net, and the Maroon Tide never trailed again.
After that, with its precision-passing attack, Galax proved too tough to handle at Sugar Hollow Park.
"[An early goal] tends to calm the boys down," Galax coach Troy Barkley said. "At the beginning of the year, we had a hard time getting going."
Barkley said Galax (21-1) executed its game plan well on the wide field.
Junior Espinoza scored Galax's other goal.
Group A girls
James River 3, Gate City 1
BRISTOL, Va. - Kendall Moyer scored the first two of her three goals in the first 10 minutes for James River (15-5), which never trailed.
Moyer completed her hat trick with 7:56 remaining to seal the Knights' victory.
James River coach Giuseppe D'Arpa said the fast start was critical against the Blue Devils (17-1-1).
"It's always good to have a lead against a strong opponent," D'Arpa said."I know that they're not a one-man team. Everybody thought that they are, but I saw their record. ... They can do it without Miss Anna McClung. They have a strong team."
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