They battled for 100 minutes, but the Oaks girls soccer team came up short Friday in Richmond against St. Catherine’s, the top-ranked squad in Virginia, 3-2, in overtime.
Ferocious striker Sarah Smith scored twice for Collegiate and Jessie Cavolt was big in goal. But St. Catherine’s scored on a penalty kick in the first ten-minute overtime period, then held off a furious charge by the Oaks in the final minutes.
Details, pictures, and video to follow, but here is video of the final two minutes as the Oaks got one corner kick after another and were on the doorstep each time.
In the waning seconds, Sarah Smith’s corner shot headed for the top shelf was punched away. Seconds later, Sofia Jonson’s solid volley was batted aside by the St. Catherine’s keeper who recovered to grab the ball as she collided with Ann Burns Morrison charging for a header. (For best viewing, watch the video full screen).
Unlabeled video is up on the flickr site, Oaks Soccer.
The girls soccer team controlled the game throughout and benefited from three spectacular goals to down Trinity Christian of Fairfax, 3-1, Wednesday in the last game on the grass fields on campus.
Freshman Sarah Smith scored the first and third goals for the Oaks, tumbling over the keeper. She sent a beautiful cross to Sofia Jonson, who took her time and buried a shot for the second goal. Jonson was a monster on the ball all game long, giving the Trinity defense fits.
Smith’s first goal gave the Oaks a 1-0 lead at the half although they were controlling the game. Jonson’s goal put them up 2-0 before Trinity scored.
Senior keeper Jessie Cavolt wasn’t tested often, but she handled the chances that came her way. Hannah Beale, Demetra Protogyrou, and Ashby Larkin ran down everything in the midfield and speedy center backs, Natalie Batzel and Ann Burns Morrison, frustrated the Trinity attack.
Smith, Cameron Brown, and Sarah Smallets ran the sidelines as the Oaks had one opportunity after another, maintaining the bulk of the possession.
The team, the defending Division II state champions, has won ten straight, outscoring opponents 44-9. For more pictures and video from the state tournament games, go to Oaks Girls Soccer.
They are against a formidable foe in top-seeded and undefeated St. Catherine’s of Richmond, ranked number one in the state among all public and private schools.
The game is at 4 p.m. at Ukrop Park in Richmond. For more pictures and video from the game, go to Oaks Girls Soccer.
The Oaks tennis team shut out sixth-seeded Wakefield on Wednesday to advance to the Division II state semifinals on Friday.
Norfolk Collegiate, seeded third, will play North Cross, seeded second, at noon on Friday in Richmond.
Alex Loope led the Oaks, winning 10-0 while Nick Baker, Narain Rijhwani, Daniel Duan, Alex Duvall and Trafton Addison all won 10-2.
VISAA Division II quarterfinals
Norfolk Collegiate 6, Wakefield 0
Loope d. Driskill, 10-0; Baker d. Himefarb, 10-2; Rijhwani d. Wolfson, 10-2; Duan d. Ohstrom, 10-2; Duvall d. Mulvey, 10-2; Addison d. Recarte, 10-2.
The tennis and girls lacrosse teams open play in the VISAA Tournament today. The tennis team, seeded third in the state, plays at Old Dominion University against Wakefield School at 4:30 p.m. while girls lacrosse, seeded sixth, plays at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy at 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, the golf team plans in the TCIS Tournament beginning at 10 a.m.
On Wednesday, the last game on the grass fields at Norfolk Collegiate will take place when the TCIS and defending state champion girls soccer team, seeded fourth in Division I, plays Trinity Christian from Fairfax at 5 p.m.
For pictures from all the Collegiate athletic seasons, go to Oaks Athletics.
The boys tennis team finished third over the weekend behind Cape Henry and Norfolk Academy in the TCIS Tournament.
The team, ranked third in the state, will go on to the state tournament. Details to follow.
Team standings: 1. Norfolk Academy 68, 2. Cape Henry 66, 3. Norfolk Collegiate 54, 4. Norfolk Christian 40, 5. Hampton Roads Academy 37, 6. Walsingham Academy 27, 7. Peninsula Catholic 19, 8. Bishop Sullivan 13.
Division II State Rankings
1. Highland School
2. North Cross
3. Norfolk Collegiate
4. Eastern Mennonite High School
5. Steward School
7. Tandem Friends
8. Seton School
Ashby Larkin begins one of her patented drives towards goal and is taken down. The ball falls to Sarah Smith who tries to center it and is rebuffed. It ricochets to near midfield where Ann Burns Morrison swoops forward and gathers it.
She dribbles down the wing, is challenged and gets by the first defender, then is challenged, jostled, and probably fouled as she makes her way to near the corner flag. There, she creates enough space to cross the ball.
It deflects off Sofia Jonson’s foot and continues to Sarah Smallets who hits a one-time volley that deflects off the Cape Henry keeper’s hands and falls gently into the net. (Click to the blog site online to see the video).
With 15 minutes remaining in the TCIS championship against Cape Henry the family, the resilient family that has persevered through injuries and the departure of a coach, has come back from a 2-1 deficit. They would not relinquish that lead.
The title game proved a tough battle, a physical game that saw Smith, who was bulldozed while going in on goal, and keeper Jessie Cavolt, who hurt her wrist in a scrum in front of the goal, go off briefly with injuries, but return. Two Cape Henry players were shown yellow cards.
The late-game heroics were made possible when Larkin, who tirelessly ran the midfield for 80 minutes, charged in and put a rebound past the Cape Henry keeper with 25 minutes remaining.
The Oaks had taken a 1-0 lead in the first half on Hannah Beale’s left-footed shot into the lower left corner of the goal.
But Cape Henry scored on a free kick then two minutes later went ahead on a beautiful shot into the upper left corner of the goal.
Once again, Jessie Cavolt was a wall in goal, somehow keeping out one ball during a battle in front of her off a corner kick.
The speedy senior Natalie Batzel was named defensive player of the tournament, part of a back line that stopped advances again and again.
Throughout the raucous Collegiate crowd — it was a whiteout — kept their team in the game.
After the Oaks defeated Norfolk Academy on Wednesday, it was unclear which team they would play for the title. One player said she hoped it was Cape Henry. Why? “Payback.”
The Oaks lost to Cape Henry in the 2014 title tilt. On Friday, they settled the score.
The title was the first TCIS girls soccer crown in the school’s history following last year’s state title, also the first in the school’s history.
The Oaks have now won nine consecutive games, outscoring opponents 41-8.
The girls will play a home state tournament game on Tuesday. The final poll has not been released, but they certainly will be seeded in the top four.
For extensive video and pictures from the game, go to Oaks TCIS Champions. https://www.flickr.com/photos/oakspictures/sets/72157651992698379
Sarah Smallets scored off a cross from Ann Burns Morrison, who made a determined run down the sideline, late in the game to give the Oaks the TCIS Tournament title, 3-2, over Cape Henry in front of a delirious Treehouse. Hannah Beale scored the first goal for the Oaks, who fell behind 2-1 at the half, but showed their heart and grit in a very physical contest.
Ashby Larkin’s second half goal drew the Oaks even before Smallets put them on top.
More details to follow.
The boys tennis team, enjoying a banner year, plays in the TCIS tournament on the ODU tennis courts starting at 2 p.m. today.
The team has a stellar 9-2 record and is ranked third in the state in Division II. No matter what happens in the TCIS tournament, they are headed to the state tournament next week.
The TCIS finals will take place tomorrow at ODU starting at 9 a.m.
Sophomore Cameron Brown scored twice and Norfolk Collegiate defeated Norfolk Academy, 3-0, to set up a rematch Friday at home of last year’s TCIS championship game against Cape Henry.
For the second consecutive year, the Oaks beat Norfolk Academy in the conference semifinal. Until last year’s dramatic win, the team had not defeated Academy in school history.
Thursday’s win was less dramatic. The defending Division II state champions were on the attack from the opening whistle, developing several good opportunities.
Brown scored with 11 minutes left in the first half. Collegiate had numerous opportunities and hit the post on one shot, but could not add to the lead. In the end, it didn’t matter. The defense stifled Academy.
The Oaks upped the advantage to 3-0 with 23 minutes left in the contest and never really surrendered any solid scoring chances to the visitors. Sofia Johnson and Brown both scored off corner kick opportunities in the second half. Jessie Cavolt had another clean sheet in goal.
For more video and pictures, go to Oaks TCIS.
The team has now won eight straight, outscoring opponents 38-6.
The championship game Friday will be on the friendly confines of the Norfolk Collegiate campus, the last gasp for the grass fields, a fitting sendoff.
So for one last time, break out The Treehouse and gather all the nuts. Game time is 5 p.m.
Last year, Collegiate lost a close one to Cape Henry in the conference final before running the table to the state championship.
On Friday, it’s payback time.
The girls lacrosse team lost in the opening round of the TCIS Tournament, 13-7, to Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School on Tuesday.
Senior Peyton Fancher with four goals and junior Jordan Sibley with three led the Oaks.
The team is ranked sixth in Division II in the latest VISAA poll and could receive a state tournament bid later this week.
For more pictures, go to Oaks Girls Lacrosse.
Tidewater Conference quarterfinal
Bishop Sullivan 13, Norfolk Collegiate 7
G—BSC, Jones 4, Wohner 3, Sullivan 3, Hearn, Mazzeo, Coffman; NC Fancher 4, Sibley 3.Jamie Kuehner had 11 saves