First Colonial boys fall short in state title game

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The First Colonial boys soccer team lost 3-1 to Washington-Lee in the 6A state championship Saturday in Fairfax, suffering just its second defeat of the season.

The Patriots allowed two goals in the first half, both by Maycol Nunez.

“I think for the first 20 minutes we struggled to get possession in the middle third of the field, but we settled down after that,” First Colonial coach Kevin Denson said. “I think probably for most of the game it was definitely a midfield battle.”

In the second half, senior Zach Stearney put First Colonial on the scoreboard when he gained possession from a corner kick and fired the ball from nine yards outside the box.

Down 2-1, First Colonial struggled to capitalize on its chances, while the Generals put the match away with a third goal late in the second half.

Despite the score, Washington-Lee narrowly won the shot battle, 12-11. First Colonial keeper Tommy Dye had four saves.

“I think pretty much in a nutshell we had enough chances to win, but did not finish the chances we are accustomed to finishing,” Denson said.

The 6A state second-place finish capped the most successful season in First Colonial boys soccer team history. The Patriots went 19-2, won the 6A South Region championship and made the program’s first state championship game.

“We’re the second best team in the state , which is really nothing to sneeze at,” Denson said. “In 21 games we scored, I think, 94 goals, so very proud of that. We’re probably more on the young side than the old side, we’re losing some very important seniors, but we have a lot of people coming back, so we’ve got a good shot on improving for next year.”

NOTE: This game story was written based off an interview with First Colonial coach Kevin Denson.

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