RC Girls Slip Past Waynesboro On PKs In Valley Quarters

Jeremy S. Franklin

Wednesday, May 16 -- Third-seeded Rockbridge County High School won a penalty shootout to advance by sixth-seeded Waynesboro in the quarterfinals of the Valley District girls soccer tournament in Lexington.

The teams played to a 2-2 stalemate through double overtime, with Maria Vargas scoring both goals from set pieces for the Wildcats (8-5-4). Molly Hellwig then converted the decisive spot kick as RC won the shootout 4-3.

The Wildcats move on to face second-seeded Broadway on the road in the semifinal round at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

All four goals came in the second half of regulation. Just two days after scoring the 100th goal of her career in a 3-1 win over the same Little Giants squad in the regular season finale on Monday, Vargas put RC ahead on a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box in the 41st minute.

Abby Sikora equalized on a breakaway for Waynesboro (4-12-1) in the 54th minute. But just seconds later, Vargas caught Little Giants goalkeeper Char Smith off her line on a long free kick from the right touchline, putting the 'Cats back in front at 2-1.

Waynesboro again had the answer, with Abby Kelso's 28-yard strike pulling the visitors back on even terms in the 69th minute.

RC had the best chance of the extra sessions, but Smith made a brilliant save to deny Elsa Joyce with 20 seconds left in the first period of double overtime.

Jordyn Wright, Erin Harrington and Joyce also converted for the Wildcats in the shootout, and Aly Huntsman made a key save to deny the Little Giants' Lilli Wilfong.

Smith totaled nine saves in the match, while Huntsman recorded six stops.


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