The Centreville girls soccer team’s improbable tear through the postseason came to a heartbreaking end on Sunday at Robinson, where the Wildcats fell to Battlefield 0-0 (4-3) in penalty kicks in the 6A state championship.
Centreville’s matchup with Battlefield set up a rematch of the previous week’s 6A North Region championship, which saw the Bobcats come away with a 2-0 victory to earn their fourth straight region title. Battlefield again unleashed a firestorm on the Centreville net with 27 shots on frame Sunday, but junior goalkeeper Noelle Brown (14 saves) anchored a back line that refused to surrender a goal through 110 minutes of regulation and overtime.
Battlefield connected on its final four penalty kicks to seal the win, escaping with a narrow Centreville miss off the post on the final attempt. The victory completed the Bobcats’ undefeated season (21-0) and handed them their first state title.
Centreville did well to reach Sunday’s final after facing Cosby in Saturday’s state semifinal, another undefeated squad looking ahead to a championship battle between two unbeaten juggernauts. The upstart Wildcats (9-10) thwarted those ambitions with a 2-1 win that shocked everyone on hand.
Senior forward Jenna Green put Centreville on the board first with a goal in the 15th minute, then found herself in scoring position again with her team clinging to a 1-0 lead with under 10 minutes to play. Green collected a bouncing ball off a free kick and hammered a low shot inside the far post to effectively book her team’s spot in the final.
“I wasn’t really thinking on that one,” Green said. “It just went in, and thank God because this is the end of my soccer career, and I wanted to do something and for people to remember this team, so I’m glad we’re advancing through states.”
Sunday’s finish wasn’t exactly the storybook ending the Wildcats had in mind, but they can at least look back on a run that took them from a 4-7 regular season to a spot in the ultimate game.
“A lot of it was at the beginning we didn’t really play as a team,” Green said. “We didn’t have a lot of chemistry; we have a lot of young players, a lot of freshmen. As the season went on, we started clicking. It’s amazing. I love playing with all of them. We all love playing together, and that’s the difference.”