FISHERSVILLE — In the nightcap of a girls and boys regional doubleheader, the Wilson Memorial High boys soccer team came away with a 4-0 victory over visiting Central of Woodstock in the first round of the Region 2B Soccer Tournament.
The win sends Wilson (17-3) to Falls Church on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to face state champion George Mason in the semifinals.
The Hornets opened the scoring against Central on a goal by junior forward Will Parrott on an assist from senior Jose Calixto.
Then just before halftime, the Hornets extended their lead, this time on a goal by junior Gabriel LaGrua, assisted by Parrott.
Central, the third place team out of the Bull Run District, pressed the attack in the second half, but the Hornets' back line held firm.
Sophomore Henry Fosnocht then followed up a strong direct kick from junior Ryan Ingersoll, to send Wilson up 3-0 with 26:39 to play.
The match became more physical, with both teams receiving yellow cards for rough play.
"It was definitely physical," said Wilson Memorial High head coach Brad Wygant, who gained his 100th win as coach of the Hornets in his eighth season at the helm.
Ingersoll completed the scoring with 16 minutes remaining, again assisted by Parrott.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Perez, aided by his defensive teammates, kept the clean sheet for the Hornets.
"Alex played immensely well and stepped up tonight," Wygant said.
Wednesday's winner gains a ticket to the state tournament which will include a total of eight teams from around the Commonwealth.
"We know how good George Mason is," Wygant said. "I guess it's a cliche, but we want to play the best team. We'll have to play a perfect game. We're excited for the opportunity and will try to steal a victory on the road."
Wygant moves on next season to coach the football team at county neighbor Buffalo Gap.
"I've been fortunate to have hard-working kids [at Wilson]," Wygant said. "I've been lucky with the guys we've had and it's extremely fitting and extremely fun to go out with these guys."