Lady Panthers best Madison, 1-0, in soccer quarterfinal

Photo by Tesa Leon.
Photo by Tesa Leon.
Rappahannock County High School’s varsity girls soccer team came away with a 1-0 win at Madison County in the quarterfinals of the Bull Run District tournament — the first time in more than a decade that the Lady Panthers bested the arch-rival Mountaineers in a district tournament.

Both teams played hard, and with strong defense, and the difference was the goal scored by Rapp’s Emily Massie with 17 seconds remaining in the first half. That ended the scoring for the day, although both teams came close several times.

Rapp goalie Jane Purnell, who seeemed fully recovered from an injury last week, made many great saves, including one ball that would have gone in that was accidentally kicked by a teammate. Her teammates saved her a lot of work by keeping the action at the other end of the field through much of the game, especially in the first half.

A hard-fought game by both teams, played cleanly, and having a nice crowd from Rappahannock there was surely morale boosting for the team.

RCHS faces the winner of today’s George Mason/Manassas Park game on Wednesday (May 22) in the tournament semifinals.