GREENVILLE — The Riverheads girls soccer team started and ended well Tuesday night, but in between, the Panthers scored four times and dominated play, coming away with a 4-2 road win over the Gladiators.
The win, coming in the semifinal round of the Region 1B Tournament, sent Rappahannock through to state play, but ended the season for Riverheads.
The Panthers advance to play Shenandoah District Tournament champion Stonewall Jackson, who defeated Wilson Memorial and Stuarts Draft last week in the district playoffs.
Just after the opening kickoff, the Gladiators scored early on a highlight-reel goal from junior midfielder Chloe Fountaine's perfect cross at the end line to freshman striker Penelope Shelton, who finished the shot in the air past a stunned Rappahannock goalkeeper.
The match remained on even terms until the visitors equalized at the 14:28 mark of the first half on a goal from Jordan Welch assisted by Samantha Luthi, after a field-length run by Payton Luthi.
The Panthers intensified the offensive pressure and added a second goal on a long run and score from Sarah East at the 10:32 mark.
With just a little over three minutes remaining before halftime, East scored again on a breakaway to put Rappahannock ahead 3-1.
The Panthers continued to press the attack in the second half with constant pressure, and the Rappahannock defense stopped up the gaps.
Fountaine remained dangerous on attack for Riverheads (5-13 overall), missing wide right after breaking away from three Panthers' defenders.
Finally, in the waning moments of the game, Fountaine's persistence was rewarded when she scored from a long shot to the far left netting to get one goal back for the Gladiators.
The Panthers now advance to play Stonewall Jackson on Thursday for the regional championship.