Among the three dozen high school teams from Southwest Virginia competing for state titles this week, Patrick Henry’s path to a girls lacrosse championship might be among the most dramatic we’ve seen this year as the Patriots are two wins away from a Class 5 crown.
PH survived a thriller last Friday in the state quarterfinals at home against Potomac Falls after seeing a three-goal second half lead slip away.
But 40 seconds into overtime, freshman midfielder Grace Kahoun scored the game winning goal to send the Patriots to the Class 5 semifinals with the 12-11 win.
The goal earned Kahoun a big hug from her dad, who happens to be an assistant coach for the Patriots. Craig Kahoun is a former professional lacrosse player and an All-American collegiate player from Butler.
Now he gets to watch his daughter and the Patriots play Freedom South Riding on Tuesday night on the road.
“I think that I will say that our team, momentum swings, this is it,” head coach Kate Spyhalski said. “They know that we’re going into this next game really strong. I think we’re excited to travel actually and get back out there. I think actually traveling is going to be good for them. They spend a lot of time together. They’re all good buds. I think it’s going to be a momentum changer to be able to get up there and do what we need to do.”