As Brooke Point’s teary-eyed and weary players exited the field at Stafford Friday night, a Black–Hawks assistant coach informed them they had two more shots at Mountain View in the regular season and that the Commonwealth District tournament title meant little and was merely a trophy.
But the way Mountain View senior goalkeeper Colin Weinberger clutched that trophy after the Wildcats thrilling win in penalty kicks 1–1 (5–4 PKs), it was apparent that the victory was a significant one.
“It’s the only time we play them that involves a trophy, so obviously it means so much more to us and we worked so hard for this,” Weinberger said. “We worked for three months straight, just going at it.”
The only way the Wildcats (3–0) and Black-Hawks (2–1) will play for hardware again would be if they met up in the Region 5D title game or the Class 5 state championship.
It was quite a battle on Friday as Weinberger saved the day with two critical stops in PKs, the final one on freshman defender Brendon Thout’s attempt after the first round of kicks ended tied 4–4.
Mountain View’s Noah McBride then sealed the hard-fought victory.
“Holy cow,” Mountain View first-year head coach Max Watson said of Weinberger’s performance. “He’s been fantastic all year … He’s just so calm, cool and collected and that’s helped us from the beginning of the year. He’s a senior with tons of experience. To be frank, I’m not surprised.”
Mountain View returns to action Monday when it hosts Patriot at 6:30 p.m. Brooke Point travels to James Monroe Thursday at 7 p.m.