Davidson College recruit Seeley Yoo scored twice, the first off a header five minutes into the game, and St. Catherine’s held on during a furious second half to win the state girls soccer championship, 2-0, over Norfolk Collegiate on Saturday in Richmond.
The loss was the first of the season for the Oaks, who finished 17-1-1, the best record in school history. They were TCIS champions for the second straight year and the second time in school history.
“It was a very good game,” St. Catherine’s coach Laurie Marshalek told a newspaper. “Throughout the entire 80 minutes, Norfolk Collegiate played hard. Even when it was 2-0, we weren’t comfortable with that lead knowing that at any point they could get a goal.”
The Oaks had several second-half chances, shooting just wide a couple of times and being stopped by the St. Catherine’s keeper several times.
For the game, Norfolk Collegiate had seven shots while St. Catherine’s had 13. Each team had five corner kicks. The Oaks were called for five fouls while St. Catherine’s was called for 11.
The 11 Oaks starters played all 80 minutes after playing all 100 minutes of Friday’s overtime game.
Cameron Brown, Sarah Smith, and Sarah Smallets were named to the first team All-State squad. No Oaks were named to the second team despite their second-place finish.
A broadcast of the entire game is online at VISAA Championship.
More pictures and video from the state championship are at Oaks Soccer.
One hundred minutes of soccer wasn’t enough to decide the state semifinal between Norfolk Collegiate and St. John Paul The Great on Friday.
The game went to a dramatic penalty shootout and TCIS Player of the Year Cameron Brown clinched the victory after Alexis McGurn made two stellar saves.
The Oaks, now 17-0-1, earned a tough 1-1 win on penalty kicks. Brown was the fifth Oak to shoot. Earlier, Sarah Smith and Ashby Larkin coolly scored.
In regulation, Smith scored in the 25th minute on an assist from Sarah Smallets. St. John Paul evened the game 13 minutes later.
Norfolk Collegiate had a tepid first half, but dominated play in much of the second half and the two 10-minute overtimes. The team had several good chances and also suffered from some horrible offsides calls by an assistant referee who apparently couldn’t believe Smith was that fast.
The two top-ranked teams, public or private, play for the state title tonight in Richmond. Game time is 6 p.m. at Ukrop Park.
The Oaks meet St. Catherine’s of Richmond, the team that knocked them out in overtime in last year’s semifinal. St. Catherine’s is 33-0-3 over the past two years. One of those draws came against St. John Paul.
The 11 Oaks starters played all 100 minutes. Norfolk Collegiate is the smallest school in Division I with 125 girls in the top four grades. St. John Paul has 336 and St. Catherine’s has 319.
The boys tennis team went on the road to defeat the Highland School, 5-3, Thursday and reach the state title match today in Richmond.
The Oaks play top-seeded North Cross for the Division II crown.
On Wednesday, Alexander Loope, Austin Beale, Trafton Addison, and Alex Duvall won singles matches while Loope and Addison combined for a doubles win to put the Oaks over the top.
The undefeated girls soccer team continued on a roll, defeating the Collegiate School of Richmond, 2-0, at home on Tuesday in a state quarterfinal contest.
Freshman Molly Beegle scored twice in the final 14 minutes for the Oaks. Once again, the team had numerous scoring chances throughout the contest, but couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net until late in the game.
The Oaks have shut out four of their last five opponents, outscoring them 16-1 in that span. For the season, they have scored 73 goals and surrendered 12.
They play another undefeated team, St. John Paul the Great Catholic School of Dumfries in the semifinal.
St. John, the third seed, defeated Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, 1-0, in the quarterfinal. St. John is 13-0-3 on the year and ranked third in the state overall behind St. Catherine’s of Richmond and Norfolk Collegiate.
The Oaks are now 16-0-1 on the season. The semifinal game is at Ukrop Stadium in Richmond Friday at 6 p.m.
For more video and pictures from the game, go to Oaks State Tournament.
The third-seeded boys tennis team downed Covenant in a Division II state tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday.
The team, seeded third, plays at second-seeded Highland today.
Winning in singles for the Oaks were Alexander Loope, Austin Beale, Alexander Duvall, and Trafton Addison. The team took doubles matches to complete the victory.
The girls soccer team, TCIS champions, plays a home state quarterfinal game against Richmond Collegiate Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
The girls are seeded second behind St. Catherine’s, last year’s state champions. They are also ranked second among all schools, public and private, in the state.
The Oaks defeated Richmond Collegiate, 6-2, in a game earlier this season.
On Friday, they captured the TCIS title with a 4-0 win over Hampton Roads Academy. Sarah Smith, who had a hat trick, was named tournament offensive MVP. Cameron Brown was named tournament defensive MVP.
The girls lacrosse team, seeded eighth, plays at top-seeded Highland School in northern Virginia on Tuesday afternoon in a state quarterfinal match.
The girls are 3-7 on the season. More pictures and video from the season at Girls Lacrosse.
The boys tennis team finished third in the TCIS Tournament over the weekend behind Norfolk Academy and Cape Henry.
The Oaks, seeded third, play at home in a Division II state quarterfinal match on Tuesday at ODU.
# 8 Eastern Mennonite High School at # 1 North Cross School
# 7 Norfolk Christian at # 2 Highland School
# 6 Covenant School at # 3 Norfolk Collegiate
# 5 Seton School at # 4 Hampton Roads Academy
It took 65 minutes for the Oaks to solve the trapping, packed-in defense of Hampton Roads Academy, but, when they did, the goals flooded the net.
Sarah Smith beat the keeper on a run to score with 15 minutes remaining in what had been a tight, very physical contest. She followed with two more goals before Madison White scored on a penalty kick in the final seconds to make the score 4-0. Molly Beegle, Hannah Beale, and Sarah Smallets had assists for Collegiate.
The Oaks outshot HRA 11-4. Cameron Brown, the TCIS Player of the Year, and Ann Burns Morrison shut down scoring opportunities in the back. Up front, Collegiate had several great chances, but just could not quite break through until Smith eluded the keeper coming out hard and slipped one into the net.
Madison White, Ashby Larkin, and Smallets were big in the midfield. Timeri Jordan had a couple of strong chances up front. Alexis McGurn recorded another clean sheet in goal.
A large and boisterous contingent of Oaks fans stormed the field at the final whistle. For complete championship coverage, go to Oaks Win TCIS Title.
The title is the second consecutive for the team, which won the first conference championship in school history last year.
The Oaks, now 15-0-1, are ranked number two, among all Virginia schools, behind St. Catherine’s, last year’s state champion. They will play a state quarterfinal match Tuesday at home.
Alexis McGurn saved a penalty kick and a second shot off the rebound and, two minutes later, Timeri Jordan volleyed a cross from Sarah Smith into the back of the net and the Oaks downed Bishop Sullivan Catholic, 2-1, Wednesday to advance to the TCIS title game.
Jordan’s goal came with five minutes left and the Oaks ran out the clock with the ball in the opponents’ corner.
Sarah Smith scored the first goal, one of many chances for Collegiate.
The team plays Hampton Roads Academy at the ODU Soccer Stadium on Friday for its second consecutive TCIS crown.