Moving Forward: Western girls soccer locks up state berth with win over Liberty

It wasn’t that the Western girls soccer team was really out of sync or in any real danger in the first half, it’s just that the goals weren’t pouring in like they could’ve been.


“At the beginning of the first half, it was a little shaky but then we started connecting passes and it got a lot more fluid,” said Western senior midfielder Jane Romness.


Those goals came in the second half as Western blew open a relatively tight game and rolled 7-0 over Liberty-Bedford in the Class 3, Region C semifinals. The win clinches a state tournament berth for the defending Class 3 champions and they’ll face Monticello Thursday at Fluvanna for the Region 3C title.


Katrine Berg notched a hat trick and an assist in the win and four other Warriors scored a goal each to power the blowout. Berg herself seemed to be in the right place at the right time more often than not.


“People from the midfield and the outside were playing really great balls it was just kind of perfect timing,” Berg said. “The goalie was really good though, saving a lot of the shots we had.”


Erin Meier, Abby Zimmerman, Ellie Cox and Cordelia O’Connell all scored goals while Savannah Wilson, Zimmerman and Caitlin Harvey each had assists.


The win gives the Warriors a chance to continue their title defense and with a Monticello team the Warriors beat twice in the regular season looming in the region final, Western could earn a home game for the state quarterfinals.


“After last year we were on such a great high and to continue that has been great,” Berg said.