With their team up 4-1 with 15 minutes to play in Tuesday night’s Virginia AAA state quarterfinal against Forest Park, Mount Vernon goalkeeper Lucas Belanger and the Majors nearly let it all slip away. The Bruins rallied with three goals in about 12 minutes, two of which came from senior Andrew Jones, and Belanger and his club had to suffer the consequences to the tune of four grueling overtimes.
But Belanger, somehow, found a way to weather through the extra time. The American University recruit extended his 6-foot-3 frame to make save after save in the four overtimes. Then he got his second shot at Jones.
Belanger was sensational when he had to be Tuesday, coming up with a key save in penalty kicks and the Majors held on for a 4-2 penalty kick win over Forest Park in a wild, emotional state quarterfinal match in Woodbridge.
Mount Vernon (11-8-2) advances to Friday night’s state semifinal against Midlothian.