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A pair of late first-half goals sent the Grafton boys soccer team past Jamestown 2-1 at Wanner Stadium on Tuesday.
The match mimicked last season’s Conference 19 Championship, where the Clippers advanced past the Eagles by the same score.
“That’s what Bay Rivers soccer is. All these kids know each other, they play together on the same teams year round,” Jamestown coach Bobby O’Brien said. “Sometimes what’s perceived as the best team on paper isn’t going to be the best team on the field.”
Jamestown’s (2-1) Jeff Wolons, a Virginia Tech commit, helped opened the night’s scoring. After collecting the ball, Wolons turned to face the Clippers back line and found Duncan McDevitt on the right wing.
McDevitt cut inside and beat Grafton keeper Jay Fox for the early 1-0 lead.
Grafton (3-0-1) responded with eight minutes left in the first half. After a Wolons shot careened off the cross bar, the Clippers countered. Moments later, Dylan Lorio-MacNamara fired a cross that found Robin Ahlers on the back post. Ahlers finished the chance to knot the game at one apiece.
Less than three minutes later, Grafton again found itself in business. After cycling the ball around the back line, Nishan Moomjian made a nice cut to shake a Jamestown forward. Moomjian picked out Colton Nichols, who drilled a shot into the upper right corner from distance.
The Clippers held the advantage the rest of the way.
“I knew [Jamestown] would come back strong, so we tried to pack it in,” Grafton Coach Johnny Yu said of the second half.
Grafton responded to their first-year coach, and kept most of their numbers behind the ball. Jamestown dominated possession, but could not finish their chances as the Clippers kept Wolons and the Eagles offense in check for most of the evening.
Six minutes into the second half, the Eagles nearly capitalized on a long through ball to Antonio Gonzalez, but the freshman’s shot was wide right.
Despite picking up a pair of cautions, Grafton hung onto the lead for the last 20 minutes. A handful of chances threatened to even the match, but Fox and the back line had an answer each time.
Jamestown has nearly two weeks off, with spring break next week, before traveling to New Kent on April 14. Grafton will try build off their second consecutive win over the Bay Rivers District favorites when they host Churchland at Bailey Field on Friday.
For Yu, the formula to success is simple.
“It’s chemistry, how we play together. Finally we did it, and it made a difference,” he said.
Grafton 2, Jamestown 1
Goals: Grafton (Ahlers, Nichols), Jamestown (McDevitt)
Assists: Grafton (Lorio-MacNamara, Moomjian), Jamestown (Wolons)
— Chris Weber
Lafayette Boys Edge Bruton in OT
After trailing 2-0 at halftime, Lafayette’s (3-1) offense woke up in the second half to take Bruton (4-2) to overtime.
In the extra period, Thomas Pogue scored the game-winning goal to give the Rams a 3-2 victory.
Bruton’s Andrew Maeso and Miguel Martinez scored the first-half goals. Maeso’s goal was assisted by Matt Gerdes, and Martinez’s goal was assisted by Hunter Embry.
Jason Eckenrode and Reed Richardson scored Lafayette’s second-half goals to help send the game to overtime.
The Rams will take a long hiatus during spring break and will resume their season April 14 on the road against Grafton. On the same day, Bruton will host Poquoson.
Lafayette 3, Bruton 2
Goals: Lafayette (Eckenrode, Richardson, Pogue), Bruton (Maeso, Martinez)
Assists: Lafayette (Gerdes, Embry), Bruton (Brooks, Hernandez)
Lafayette Shuts Out Bruton
Hannah Potter scored a pair of goals to lead the Lafayette girls soccer team to a 4-0 road win against Bruton.
Kirstie Peterson scored and goal and recorded an assist for Lafayette. Devin Lucas added a goal, while Grace Macomber chipped in an assist.
The Rams will continue their season after spring break and will host Grafton on April 14, while Bruton will travel to take on Poquoson the same day.
Lafayette 4, Bruton 0
Goals: Lafayette (Hannah Potter 2, Kirstie Peterson, Devin Lucas)
Assists: Lafayette (Kirstie Peterson, Grace Macomber)