JF girls defeat Salem in penalty kicks to win 4A State Soccer Championship
SALEM, Va. (WSET) - No one ever said winning a state championship would be easy, and the Jefferson Forest girls soccer team had to work overtime AND THEN SOME to do it.
The Cavaliers won on penalty kicks in the semis, and Salem took JF to the limit again today.
The Spartans struck early, Hannah Coulling's long throw-in in the fourth minute is headed in by Rachel Massey and Salem took that lead into the second half.
26 minutes left, JF's Noelle Galindo crosses one into Olivia Magenbauer who ties the game, then seven minutes later Delaney Ratliff's shot is bumped in by Erica Blankenship, Cavs take a 2-1 lead.
Back came Salem, Kristen Honaker ties the game at 2.
Four overtimes later, still tied at 2, so penalty kicks will decide it.
JF's Karishma Nair makes a great save on Salem's second kick. And Magenbauer converts her kick a short time later to clinch it.
Cavaliers win in penalty kicks 4-1, Jefferson Forest earns its first-ever girls soccer state championship.
Matt Newton, JF SOCCER COACH, said "You know, we just believed. We know we can come back from adversity. It's one of our core values is to be resilient. And you know they were resilient all day, they didn't give up and we won."
Delaney Ratliff, JF SENIOR FORWARD, said "I just think I'm going to be in shock for a while but we're gonna be so hyped. It's gonna be so fun."
Karishma Nair, JF SENIOR GOALKEEPER, said "We have this little blank in our scoreboard where there's no girls state championship, so . And we're about to fill it and that's, I don't know, I can't put it into words."