Another magical season for the Brentsville Tigers ended in the state finals by the hand of Western Albemarle.
They lost Saturday to the Warriors, 3-0, in the Class 3 state championship girls soccer match at Roanoke College after previously falling to the same team in the 2017 3A final, 2-0.
“We knew what we were up against,” Emily Reighard said of the 2018 state final. “We went [into it] with a better idea of how they play and it would have been great getting revenge, but they are a really great team.”
Western Albemarle took a 1-0 lead into halftime Saturday to end the Tigers’ undefeated run for an 18-1 final record. They rolled through the regular season, going 13-0 and outscoring opponents 60-2. In the postseason, Brentsville continued dominating by outscoring opponents 24-0 with five shutouts. So the Tigers finished the spring with an 84-5 scoring margin.
Junior forward Catherine Forst, a Longwood University recruit, led Brentsville with 32 goals and was named the Northwestern District and Class 3 Region B Player of the Year.
“I had to make these goals happen and to make this season the best it could be,” Forst said.
“Our team, and myself included, started to play up to our top level,” she said. “I was very thankful for the team.”
Rhatican, meanwhile, scored seven goals this season, while Morgan Pettit, a Belmont University recruit, and Madeline Bohan each had nine. Bohan’s goals came over a six-game span before her season was cut short by an injury.
Brentsville lost another starter four games later as goalkeeper Charlotte Davis went down. Davis, a Christopher Newport recruit and one of nine seniors Brentsville will lose, tore her ACL during a club team match.
After the Tigers lost Davis, coach Sonny Barrickman turned to freshman Emily Cipolla, who responded with an eight-game shutout streak heading into the state final.
“Emily brought a whole new energy to our team we thought we had lost,” Forst said. “She has a great leadership ability and stepped up incredibly. Her drive to succeed … helped us get the run to the state final.”