By Nicholas Vandeloecht
Sports Editor

Posted Oct 26, 2017 at 9:27 PM
Updated Oct 26, 2017 at 9:27 PM

Royals advance to 2017 Region Semifinals versus Mills Godwin

MIDLOTHIAN - For the third straight season, Prince George Field is advancing to the region semifinals after defeating Glen Allen 3-0.

“I think we are hungry and we don’t want to lose anymore,” said Prince George senior and captain Carlee Lively. “We played really hard teams at the end of the season, we lost and we tasted that.”

Thursday’s triumph was a big bounce-back victory for the Royals after they took two tough losses to Princess Anne and York to close out the regular season. They’ll play Mills Godwin at Midlothian’s River City Sportsplex on Monday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in the second semifinals match. The Eagles beat Lee-Davis 2-0.

The winner of Prince George and Mills Godwin plays the winner of Atlee and Deep Run on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Region 5B Championship game. Both finalists advance to the state tournament.

The Royals were fluid in their passing and stickwork, steadily working their way down the field and pressuring Glen Allen often with eight corners.

“They have some really good skills that looked really good,” said Prince George head coach Maggie Roberts. “We’re working on some things, tightening some things up, trying to get ourselves ready for the next game.”

Lively, Brittany Grebas, Amelia Johnson and Georgia Adair were among the Royals’ leading ball handlers, and Ashley Thacker displayed key control at the center.

Prince George kept the ball on Glen Allen’s side through much of the first half, with the Royals’ third corner proving to be the charm. Lively fired the ball down the middle with Johnson deflecting it in for the 1-0 lead.

“We’ve been working on that in practice the whole week,” Lively said. “It felt good to actually see something that we practice in play - we applied it and we executed it.”

Abby Warren then grounded the ball into the goal to give the Royals a 2-0 advantage before halftime.

Lively angled the Royals’ third goal into the left corner in the second half.

Goalkeeper Kyla Nase made three saves for the Royals.

The Jaguars were able to get down the field and challenge the Royals’ defense at times, but were held out of the net.

This is the first year without the conference tournaments, meaning the top eight teams from each region advance to regional competition following regular season play. The regions in each class have also been split from two to four.

“With the different format this year, it’s unchartered territory,” Roberts said. “Just like every other postseason, you fight to be able to play another day, and that’s what we did.”