Following what first-year head coach Olivia Mackey described as a “rough patch early in the season”, the Loudoun County Raiders flourished throughout the final month of the 2018 varsity girls’ soccer season.

The result was a third Virginia Class 4 state championship in the last four years. Loudoun County put the finishing touches on an oustanding postseason run June 9 with a 3-1 win versus Courtland at Roanoke College.

The result was a third Virginia Class 4 state championship in the last four years. Loudoun County put the finishing touches on an oustanding postseason run June 9 with a 3-1 win versus Courtland at Roanoke College.

Sophomore Brooke Kirstein’s goal sparked the Raiders to a 1-0 halftime lead in the state final.

After Courtland pulled even in the second half, Loudoun County regained the lead when sophomore Devon Balac curled a corner kick just inside the left goal post in the 60th minute of play.

Junior Taylor Kibble put the finishing touches on the championship victory with five minutes left in regulation. Kibble, who already set the Raiders’ single-season goal scoring record, headed home a corner kick to net her 51st goal of the season and put the Raiders ahead 3-1.

As the final second ticked off the clock, Loudoun County players dogpiled on the Roanoke College field to celebrate another championship season.

Sitting at 7-5-1 following a four-game winless streak, the Raiders won 10 of their final 11 games en route to claiming Dulles District and Virginia Class 4 state tournament titles.