Whitney Church and DiDi Haracic are lifelong Loudoun County residents and longtime teammates now playing professionally for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League.
The Washington Spirit defeated the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 5-0, in a preseason match March 25 at Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg.
Woodgrove beat rival Loudoun Valley, 48-27, to finish the regular season unbeaten at 10-0 for the first time in its short history Friday night.
Woodgrove handled Heritage in a 56-22 win on Friday night in Purcellville to improve to 7-0 on the season.
Tuscarora junior defensive back Alex Lee deflected away a pass in the end zone on the game’s final play to help the host Huskies escape with a 24-17 overtime win over Potomac Falls on Friday night in Leesburg.
Stone Bridge beat West Springfield, 48-12, on Friday night in Ashburn, but it only came after some early offensive struggles.
With the game on the edge, senior running back Meech Hembry scored on a 20-yard run with 3:05 left to give Broad Run the insurance touchdown it needed in a 36-21 win over crosstown rival Briar Woods on Friday night.
Facing a previously unbeaten Loudoun Valley team on the road, the youthful Knights held tight in the fourth quarter to help preserve a 17-14 victory in Purcellville on Friday night.
Despite a slow start and an early deficit, Loudoun Valley bucked that trend as the game progressed in a 35-17 win over Heritage in Leesburg on Friday night.
Not long after the final whistle blew in Woodgrove’s 30-3 victory over host John Champe on Aug. 26 in Aldie, the Wolverines’ student section rushed the field to rejoice with the team in a manner usually reserved for championship wins.
The Woodgrove Wolverines enter the 2016 season coming off their best campaign in school history, and now they want more.
The Riverside Rams are looking to find an identity in more ways than just on the field as they enter only their second year of existence this fall.
For the third time in three seasons this fall, the Loudoun County Raiders will have a new head coach guiding the program.
While the Heritage Pride enjoyed its first winning season since 2012 and only the second postseason appearance in program history last fall, coach Reed Prosser believes there’s more to gain for his team in 2016.
After coming up a game short last season, the Broad Run Spartans are looking to again reach their overarching goal of practicing beyond Thanksgiving in late November this fall.
The Vikings were held to season lows in both hits and runs scored in a season-ending 4-2 loss against William Byrd High School in the 4A West Region softball quarterfinals in Purcellville.
Julie Cumins scored early in the first half and John Champe beat Freedom, 1-0, in Aldie to win the 4A Conference 22 girls’ soccer tournament championship.
TJ Holdredge drove in three runs and scored another to help lead Loudoun Valley past Woodgrove in a 5-2 victory in a varsity baseball showdown of Purcellville schools.
After falling into an early hole, the Wolverines hit five home runs – including a grand slam from Erickson – to defeat the Raiders 9-3 in Purcellville.
n a high-profile boys’ lacrosse meeting between two undefeated schools, Dominion outlasted Woodgrove, 10-7, on a rain-soaked night in Purcellville.
On the baseball diamond, Briar Woods defeated Stone Bridge, 6-3, but beyond any score, this night was always going to belong to Gavin Rupp and the memory he continues to carry.
Gavin Verfurth’s early second-half strike proved to be the difference in Briar Woods’ 1-0 boys’ soccer victory versus host Tuscarora in Leesburg.
Anna Deutsch scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to help Broad Run defeat host Tuscarora, 2-1, in the Conference 14 opener for both highly-ranked teams in Leesburg.
Playing in its first game since moving up to Group 4A for the 2016 season, Valley handled its own, defeating Broad Run, 16-1, in five innings in Ashburn.
Ask Heritage Pride coach Reed Prosser what the main focus of his team is, and it might not be what you think. As he puts it, the focus isn’t strictly on wins and losses.
Five years ago, in 2010, the Woodgrove High School football program kicked off its inaugural season of play focused primarily on building a foundation for the future. Three years ago, it had its first winning season and postseason appearance.
Though hugs, tears and laughter were the most apparent reactions from Stone Bridge after defeating Potomac Falls, 15-12, in the VHSL 5A state final at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, it was disbelief, as much as anything, that was on the players’ minds.
Perhaps no time was ever clearer of that than the fourth quarter of the Virginia High School League 5A state championship, when the Bulldogs held on late to beat Atlee 10-9 for the school’s first-ever title in boys’ lacrosse.
In coach Sam Plank’s final game as coach, Stone Bridge took down George Marshall, 9-4, in the VHSL 5A state championship game.
One year after falling just short in the same round, Valley took it a step further, defeating Midlothian, 16-7, to advance to Saturday’s 4A state title game at Liberty University.
Still, it’s what Huskies senior Zane Zyglowicz did in the 5A North region championship against Broad Run – just not at the position the roster listed him as playing. Often playing up top as the team’s lone striker on the field and never in the back, Zyglowicz netted all three of Tuscarora’s goals in a 3-1 win at Fortune Field in Leesburg.
In any case, the game was still big and, as it turns out, the result made it even bigger for the Wolverines, who won their fourth straight region/section title (fifth straight appearance), with a 15-8 win over the Mustangs under a steady rain in Purcellville.
Freshman Ally Major proved to be the right player in the right spot this time, scoring the golden goal in Valley’s 3-2 double overtime win in the 3A Conference 28 girls’ soccer championship at Champe.
In a rematch of last year’s Dulles Group title game, the host Vikings again saved their best for last, beating the Wolverines, 6-4, after a wild fourth quarter and a game-clinching goal in the final minute of regulation.
Mike Skinner and the Woodgrove Wolverines football team know the expectations for their team, they just don’t think about all of them.
It took a year’s worth of planning, but the experience was well worth the wait.
But by the time the day was ending, Reategui could think of it all and more, as he, his teammates and even an entire fan section made up of fellow senior classmates, celebrated the program’s first-ever state title behind his three-goal performance in a 3-2 win over Albemarle.
Ten minutes later, Quirk scored the first of the Falcons’ two goals in a six-minute span to settle Briar Woods into the game and, not long after, into the lead in a 2-1 victory over crosstown rival Stone Bridge at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax.
The result was a 14-11 victory in the 5A North Zone championship game. It is the third straight region/zone title for the Wolverines, who finished as runner-ups in the region championship game in their first year in 2011.
Playing as a center back, Deel scored the lone goal four minutes into overtime to advance Stone Bridge to the regional final and an automatic state tournament berth in a 1-0 victory over Tuscarora in Ashburn.
Behind two first-half goals and a valiant defensive performance in the second half, the Vikings won a district/conference championship in boys’ soccer for the first time in 20 years, defeating John Champe 2-0 in the 3A Conference 28 championship in Aldie.
After numerous goal-scoring opportunities had gone awry for much of the game, senior James Moreno finally broke the game’s deadlock 69 minutes in to help propel the Raiders to a 2-0 win over Millbrook in the 4A Conference 21 championship at John Champe High School in Aldie.
With the ball in his stick and an empty net in front of him after the Wolverines’ goalie left his crease unmanned only moments earlier, Miller fired and scored from long range to give Loudoun Valley its first and only lead of the game in an emphatic 9-8 come-from-behind victory in Purcellville.
The Raiders, who had already clinched the Conference 21 regular-season title, finished its final game before postseason play like it has on several occasions already this season, dominating second-place Dominion in a 4-0 victory in Leesburg.
In what was essentially a regular-season championship game, the Lady Wolverines outlasted rival Loudoun Valley, 8-5, to clinch the Dulles Group title for the fourth time in its program’s four-year history.
On the ensuing corner kick, Sergi was among several players whose presence in the box helped force a Tuscarora own goal that proved to be the last in Broad Run’s 4-3 win over the host Huskies in Friday night’s Conference 14 showdown in Leesburg.