Rappahannock’s Junior Panther (JP) girls soccer kicked off its season with two March games and a balanced record – one win, one loss.
The early afternoon of March 14 took the girls to Wakefield Country Day School for their first competition and a 3-0 victory.
After a scoreless first half, said coach Seth Wyatt, team captain Sarah East “got her first goal with an assist by defensive midfielder Bevan Forrest. Sarah scored again with an assist by Catherine Daly, who was playing her first time in an offensive position as forward. Catherine was able to take control of the ball with a beautiful header. Bevan made the third score with her assist coming from Jacklyn Humphries.
“The defense was relentless,” Wyatt said, “keeping Wakefield without any serious shots on goal.” Panther’s keeper, Alicia Whorton, only touched the ball two times in the game: once on a goal kick in the first half, and once on a ball that trickled past the defenders.
“This win was entirely a team effort,” Wyatt said. “Every girl played in the game and ran the legs off the opponent.”
Unable to maintain that initial momentum, the JP girls suffered defeat at their home opener against Fresta Valley (5-0) on March 21.
It was a great disappointment for the team. “We played fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders against a Fresta Valley team of all seventh- and eighth-graders,” said Wyatt. “We were dominated by a much larger and more experienced team. We were unable to defend the goal and unable to mount any serious attack on the opponent’s goal. The girls played their hearts out and refused to give up trying to score until the very end of the game. I am very proud of all the girls for their effort in this game, and we look forward to a rematch with Fresta Valley later this season.”
JP girls have their next home match at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, against Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy.
– Melissa Delcour
Wakefield sports update
Varsity Girls’ Soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls hosted Saint Michael the Archangel in a Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) game on March 20. The Warriors scored two goals in the first 30 minutes of the game and added another to take a 3-0 lead at halftime. The girls came out and played tough in the second half, shutting the Warriors out from that point on. Julia Weir scored a goal, assisted by Alex Cancio-Bello, in the first five minutes of the second half. Cancio-Bello then scored the second goal of the season, assisted by Alyssa Soldo, with 23:40 remaining. However, despite the attempted comeback, the Warriors held on to win the game 3-2. Their record is 0-1 in the DAC and overall.
Varsity Tennis: The Owls traveled to Wakefield School for a match on a cold and windy March 20. Brianna Rodriguez played well and was up 5-4 in her number two singles match, but dropped the match 8-6. Maeve Dale had what Coach Brown described as “a marathon match” with her opponent at the number five singles. Both players were evenly matched and battled before Dale dropped the match 8-5. Alex Foster and Rodriguez teamed up in the number one doubles successfully, winning 6-1. Aaron Corbett and Dale secured a win at number two doubles 6-4. Wakefield School won the overall team match 5-2. The Owls’ record is 0-1 on the season.
Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse: The boys opened their season hosting the Badgers of Tandem Friends in a DAC game on March 22. The Badgers struck first in the first quarter, but Daniel Chadduck tied the score with an unassisted goal two minutes later. The Badgers found the net again a minute later to retake the lead. Chadduck again evened the match, scoring with nine seconds left to tie the score 2-2.
Chadduck scored again two minutes into the third quarter, netting himself a hat trick and giving the Owls the lead for good. Chadduck got an assist from Carl Lyles on his fourth goal with 5:09 remaining in the third. Sam Nolan scored an unassisted goal with 27 seconds remaining in the third to give the boys a 5-2 lead. The Badgers scored their third goal less than two minutes into the final quarter. Connor O’Heir closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 4:42 left in the game. New goalie Chris Payne did a solid job with the help of his defense and the boys earned a DAC victory to open the season. Their record is 1-0 in the DAC and overall.