In the semifinals of the Class AAA, Region II, Section 1 girls soccer tournament both Washington and Jefferson found the ways to win and keep their seasons alive.
In Shenandoah Junction, it was Jefferson using four goals from Rachel Ransom to tip Martinsburg out of the postseason with a 5-2 win over the Lady Bulldogs.
And at Marcus Stadium, it was Washington moving on to the tournament finals when it posted a 3-0 shutout win over visiting Musselman. It was Washington’s third win this season over the Lady Applemen.
In Jefferson’s measuring of Martinsburg, Ransom sailed past the 100th goal in her career and closed out the match with a total of 102 goals.
Ransom’s scoring spree started with three goals in the first half and left Jefferson with a 3-0 lead at intermission. Stella Barrat had assists on each of the three goals.
After a Martinsburg goal from Courtney Webb was countered by Jessica Shakesprere and when Ransom’s fourth goal that came in a hard rain.
Webb’s second goal made it a 5-2 score and that’s where it stayed.
Top-seeded Washington kept the homefield advantage when it parlayed second-half goals by Natalie Reinford and Brianna Hester into a longer lead that Musselman — which had not scored against the Patriots in any of the three matches this season — wouldn’t menace.
Washington’s 1-0 lead at the half came on a goal by McKenzie Turner. Devyn Hosby was credited with two assists in the season-continuing win.
Reinford and Hester scored about five minutes apart early in the last half. Washington fired off nearly triple the number of shots that Musselman tried and had its defensemen and midfielders continually break up any Lady Applemen forays.