Behind the play of sisters Madison Page and Makenzie Page, the Lady Bobcats ruled all aspects of the game on the way to a 6-0 win over Gate City in the VHSL Class 2 girls soccer quarterfinals at Radford University’s recreational fields.
“When the Page sisters are on together, they’re very hard to stop,” said Radford coach Nikki Greco. “When they’re on the attack, you just kind of sit back and watch and it’s just a lot of fun because they’re phenomenal.”
The sisters accounted for five of Radford’s goals and guided the Lady Bobcats (16-2-1) throughout the matchup.
Madison Page, a senior, recorded a hat trick. Her first of three goals came at the 6:27 mark of the first half for a 1-0 Radford lead.
The goal was the only one of the opening half despite the Lady Bobcats’ command of the game.
Madison Page’s other goals came 43 seconds into the second half and then at the 20:28 mark.
Makenzie Page, a sophomore, scored her first at the 15:24 mark of the second half and the second with less than eight minutes remaining.
Sophie Graham accounted for the other goal at the 29:49 mark, part of the experienced Lady Bobcats’ team effort this spring.
“We always want to come in and make a statement about Radford soccer. We continue to really work together this season,” Greco said. “This year we have those key players, but we have a team that’s working all together. It’s not just get it to those key players and let that person do all the work. We’re all working together and it’s just been really fun to watch and see them grow together as a team and see them just really connected.”
Gate City (13-4-4) managed only two shots on goal, one in each half.
“I knew it was going to be a tough game, but I had full confidence in my girls,” said Gate City coach Mario Jarmillo. “They played tough and hard and with full heart. It was just mistakes and the outcome wasn’t what we wanted.”
Jarmillo said there was no denying Radford’s talent.
“They’re really good at moving the ball and that killed us,” noted the coach, who added that the Lady Bobcats’ speed and quick pace kept his team chasing the ball throughout.
“There for a while, we did have some good attacks there, I thought. We just couldn’t finish,” he said.
ON TO THE SEMIFINALS
The Lady Bobcats advanced to Friday’s semifinals where they’ll take on George Mason at 3 p.m. at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium.
George Mason has won the past five state titles and 11 straight state championships on Classes 1 and 2 levels.