Woodson Stuns Region, Wins Regional Crown

Woodson Stuns Region, Wins Regional Crown

Cavaliers ride one-goal wins to state playoffs.

As W.T. Woodson head coach Dave Noyes held the regional soccer championship trophy above his head his players joyously danced around it. Some looked gleeful while others had a look of shock on their faces. The Cinderella season ended two weeks later in the state semifinals, but Woodson had already left its stamp on the season.

In the first round of the northern region playoffs the Cavaliers beat Hayfield 1-0. They then reeled off three consecutive one goal victories, including the region clincher of previously unbeaten Lake Braddock, before falling to Gar-Field 3-0 in the semis.

"It was an honor to play and score in a game like this," said River Urey after he scored the lone goal in Woodson's upset win over Braddock.

The Cavaliers finished the season 15-5-1 on the season, were undefeated in regular season Liberty District play, and beat Clover Park 3-0 in the first round of the state playoffs. Woodson was trying to make back to back state title appearances, having lost last season 1-0 to Thomas Dale High School from Chester, Virginia.

JOE Barnd led the team in scoring with 19 goals, including four points in the final five games of the season. Woodson's lone shutout of the year was in the state semifinals. "The season was very, very positive," said Noyes following his team's loss to Gar-Field.