First Colonial jumps on Westfield early, cruises into state title game

First Colonial wasted no time in setting the tone of Friday morning’s 6A State semifinals match against Westfield at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach.

First Colonial celebrates a first half goal in Friday's 6A State semifinals match. (Joe Saade/Southside Daily)
First Colonial celebrates a first half goal in Friday’s 6A State semifinals match. (Joe Saade/Southside Daily)

The Patriots offense pumped in three goals in the first 18 minutes en route to a dominating 5-0 win. First Colonial’s defense allowed only one shot in the first 30 minutes, which played into the team’s controlling fast-paced tempo.

“We told them how important is it to jump out early,” Patriots coach Beanie Schleicher said. “They were focused from the beginning.”

The second half was a similar story, as First Colonial’s defense limited Westfield to only four corners and five shots. The Patriots closed the game with a 15-6 shot advantage and a 10-6 corners edge.

“Our defense is playing very, very disciplined,” Beanie Schleicher said. “They don’t want to allow a goal; they take it personal. Whether we’re up 5-0 or 1-0.”

First Colonial midfielder Haley Schleicher led the attack with two goals and one assist. Sophomore forward Riley Taylor kick-started First Colonial’s offense with an unassisted goal less than seven minutes into the match. Taylor notched her second score midway through the second half after collecting an assist from Schleicher. Izzy Fontana closed the Patriots scoring off a feed from Cameron Strickland with 10:20 left in the game.

First Colonial will face Cox in the state title game for the second consecutive year. It will be the fourth time the two heavyweight rivals meet this season.

“We match up extremely well,” Beanie Schleicher said. “We’re both very talented, well-disciplined and well-coached. It’s going to be a good game, like it always is.”

The state final is 10 a.m Saturday at the National Training Center.

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