Rachel Castro scores winning goal in 1-0 Virginia State Class 4 Final & Selected First Team All State

Woodgrove tops Loudoun County in Class 4 girls’ soccer

The Virginia Class 4 girls’ soccer championship game Saturday was the fifth meeting between Woodgrove High School and Loudoun County this season — and the fifth meeting this season to go to overtime.

The familiar foes played to a scoreless tie in regulation. Two minutes into the first five-minute overtime period, junior center midfielder Rachel Castro rocketed a shot off the underside of the crossbar. The ball landed just over the goal line for the deciding goal in Woodgrove’s 1-0 win.

“We didn’t want to sit back,” Coach Pat Manno said. “We knew we wanted to attack.”

The game kicked off at 9 a.m. at Roanoke College, but did not finish until more than five hours later because of a three-hour rain delay during the first half.

The two regular season matches between Woodgrove and Loudoun County both ended as ties. Woodgrove (19-2-3) won 2-1 in overtime in the district tournament final, but Loudoun County (19-2-2) beat Woodgrove in penalty kicks for the Region 4C title.

The Wolverines claimed the Class 4 title for the third time in the program’s nine-year history. Rachel Castro went on to become one of TVAR Solutions’ 2020 Summer interns.