Taken from USLSoccer.com
The Northern Virginia Majestics showcased their abilities at both ends of the field Monday, earning a spot in Tuesday’s championship match after a 3-0 victory against the Gulf Coast Texans at the 20114 Super Y League North American Finals presented by Nike.
The Majestics (4-0-0) have averaged 4.5 goals a game at the Finals and will face their toughest challenge yet in Tuesday’s championship match when they meet their sister club Annandale United Majestics FC, which handed them their only two losses during the regular season.
Northern Virginia swarmed the Texans early, scoring twice in the first nine minutes to take control of the match. Jada Newton laid the ball off to the oncoming Kristina Toms top open the scoring in the sixth minute, and an individual effort by Newton in the ninth minute resulted in a Gulf Coast own goal to make it 2-0.
Playing with only one substitute because of injuries, Gulf Coast came back into the match in the first half and came close to cutting the margin with a nice passing combination in the 18th minute that sent Jenna Smith in alone, only for her shot to be saved.
The Texans tried to spring forward Brianna Pope behind the Majestics defense whenever possible, but the Northern Virginia back line – led by Jocelyn Granados and Kelly Hayes – stood firm.
The Texans appeared to finally break through with a nice goal by Pope in the 51st minute, but the offside flag was up to negate the score, and Northern Virginia sealed the match when Toms fed Amy Pearson in the 62nd minute for the final goal of the match.
“For the past two games our movement of the ball has probably been the best it’s been all season,” Majestics Head Coach James Toms said. “It took the first couple of games but I’m very proud of these girls. The last two games our ball possession and control of the game – we’ve been controlling about 80 percent of the game. If those things happen, most of the time you come out on top. We were very lucky to get a couple of goals early, and I think that set the tone.”