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Giovanni Vasquez, right, found the back to net twice - once in each half - during a 4-2 loss to Baltimore Celtic in the national semifinals.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun 98 Red makes waves at national event

For a second consecutive year, Loudoun 98 Red secured a coveted spot in the semifinals at the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer Championships, contested July 21-25 in Tulsa, Okla.

VHSL Group 4A All-State soccer teams

Loudoun County High School swept top honors on the Virginia High School League Group 4A girls' soccer team with senior Emily Littell (Player of the Year) and Kirk Smith (Coach of the Year).

FCV Explosion take home State Cup title

The FCV Ashburn Explosion are 2015 Virginia State Cup champions in the U12 girls' division. In an all-FC Virginia final, the Explosion defeated FCV United 1-0 on the strength of a first-half goal by Abby "Ajax" Jackson. The two sister teams will merge to form the FC Virginia U13 Pre-ECNL team for the 2015-2016 season.

Loudoun 01 Red take next step in run to first State Cup

Loudoun 01 Girls Red won the Virginia Youth Soccer Association State Cup title May 31 at the Virginia Soccer Training Center near Fredericksburg. Loudoun 01 Red outlasted VBTS Beach FC Red in a penalty shootout to decide the championship game. Goalkeeper Jordan Thompson posted a shutout through regulation and overtime and stopped a penalty kick in the sixth round to for Loudoun.

VHSL Group 5A All-State soccer teams

Broad Run High School swept Player of the Year honors on the Virginia High School League Group 5A soccer teams. Abu Koroma (boys) and Caroline Kerns (girls) garnered top player honors, while Claire Collins of Broad Run is Coach of the Year on the girls' team.

VHSL Group 3A All-State soccer teams

John Champe High School sophomore midfielder Blair Thompson is the Player of the Year on the Virginia High School League Group 3A girls' soccer team.

The Loudoun County Raiders are all smiles after defeating Heritage 3-1 in the VHSL 4A state girls’ soccer championship game June 13 in Lynchburg. The Raiders put the finishing touches on an undefeated season and their first state title.—Times-Mirror/Mike Hylton

4A girls’ soccer: Focused Raiders take next step

Several seniors on this year's Loudoun County High School girls' soccer team were freshmen on the Raiders' 2012 squad that advanced to the Virginia High School League state championship game. After being denied of its bid to win the program's first state title in a loss to Woodgrove, County returned to the grand stage in 2015 with an undefeated record in tow.

Broad Run players and coaches rush the field at the conclusion of the VHSL 5A state girls’ soccer championship game June 13 in Fairfax. Broad Run shut out Stone Bridge 3-0 in the title game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

5A girls’ soccer: Spartans back on top

It was an all-Ashburn finale between the Broad Run Spartans and the Stone Bridge Bulldogs to decide the state champion of girls' soccer for Group 5A, held June 13 at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. In the end, however, it was all Broad Run.

Broad Run junior Ralph Deguzman beats Godwin Mills defenders Will Martin and Sam Dracos inside the box to get a shot off on goalie Sam Wellman.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

5A boys’ soccer: Defending champ Spartans fall in final

The Broad Run Spartans came up short in their quest to repeat as boys soccer champions for Group 5A, falling to Mills Godwin in the title contest June 13 at Robinson Secondary School by a 2-0 score. Out of the 80 minutes battled between the Spartans (15-6-1) and the Eagles (18-4-1), it was a span of some 90 seconds late in the last half that sealed Broad Run's fate.

VHSL state playoffs scores and schedule

Broad Run (5A girls' soccer), Loudoun County (4A girls' soccer), Loudoun Valley (4A boys' lacrosse), Stone Bridge (5A baseball, boys' lacrosse, girls' lacrosse) and Woodgrove (4A girls' lacrosse) won Virginia High School League state championships Saturday.

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