For the first time in program history, the William Monroe High School girls soccer team earned a spot in the state tournament after a 2-1 double overtime victory last Tuesday over visiting Spotsylvania County High School.
The Region 3B semifinal game was hard-fought, warranting chants from the crowd to referees including “Open your eyes” and “You know the rules” when fans disagreed with penalty cards not given to Spotsylvania players.
Despite the aggressive game, Monroe held the Knights 1-0 after sophomore Sydney Dombrovskis scored the first goal on a cross from freshman Jordan Foley less than halfway through the first half. But with just under 14 minutes left to play in the game, Spotsylvania found the back of the net off a header, tying the game up 1-1.
With six minutes on the clock, Dombrovskis went down with an apparent head injury and headed to the sideline for a concussion test. After being cleared to resume play, Dombrovskis rejoined the game as it headed into overtime, where she aided in securing the Dragons’ 2-1 victory.
Neither team was able to advance the score in the first round of overtime play, but late in double overtime Dombrovskis made a cross near the Spotsylvania goal where the ball was accidentally put in the back of the net by a Spotsylvania player.
“I’ve been in double overtime a lot and the pressure is awful. We kept our composure, and I’m so proud of our team. We played like a team, and I am so proud of how everyone pushed through it,” Dombrovskis said after last Tuesday’s game.
The team’s victory in the regional semifinal game secured a spot in the Class 3 State tournament, the team’s first appearance at the state level in program history.
“I’m pretty excited,” head coach Jeremy Lamm said. “I’m really proud of them. We’ve said for the past two years we thought we had a team deep enough to go, and I think this year we’re solid in every position. They worked together and worked hard. They played like they were a family and got a good win.”
Although the state berth was secured, Monroe faced Brentsville High School on May 30 in the Region 3B finals. Monroe beat Brentsville, last year’s state runnerup, earlier this season — the first time Monroe defeated Brentsville in program history. However, the Tigers topped Monroe in the regional finals 3-0.
William Monroe was scheduled to face Tabb High School after press time on June 4 in the first round of the Virginia High School League Class 3 state tournament.