FISHERSVILLE — Fueled by a hat trick from sophomore Jordan Bowersox, the Wilson Memorial girls soccer team defeated visiting Clarke County 4-1 at the Hive pitch on Monday evening.
The win sends the Hornets into Wednesday's Region 2B semifinals against powerhouse George Mason.
End-to-end action came from both squads in the early stages of the contest as Clarke put together some nice triangle passes and the Hornets' defense was up to the challenge.
Wilson had several opportunities from corner kicks, but Bowersox struck first after a ball was bobbled by the Eagles' goalkeeper after a shot by Addie Gilligan. The ball fell to Bowersox, who got to the ball first and beat the keeper.
"Addie and Jordan put a lot of pressure on them and their level of energy up top was a difference maker," said Wilson Memorial High School head coach Kyle Congleton.
Bowersox's three goals gave her a whopping 48 for the season.
Just before the end of the half, Bowersox struck again, this time netting a well-placed cross from sophomore Ari Figueroa.
Wilson sealed the victory with a goal right from the second-half kickoff.
Senior Shelby Slayton followed up a shot from Gilligan and the Hornets had an insurmountable 3-0 advantage.
Barely three minutes later, Bowersox finalized the result, scoring on a rebound with 36:22 remaining.
Slayton nearly scored a fifth Hornet goal when her shot caromed off the post.
Clarke had two chances to score on late penalty kicks, and avoided the shutout on the second one with eight minutes to play in the match, as Rebecca Camacho-Bruno converted the penalty.
The Hornets controlled the play in the second half, improving to 16-3 overall.
"We had effort and communication," Bowersox said. "I'm excited to have an attempt to play the state champions [George Mason] and to grow as a team. I always have fun. This is like a second home out here."
The Hornets advanced a step further than a year ago, when Clarke eliminated them in the first round of regionals.