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After suffering a loss earlier in the week, Warhill rebounded with a 3-1 win over Bruton on Friday.
The teams spent the first 15 minutes feeling one another out, with neither registering a shot on goal.
But the Lions (3-2) opened scoring minutes later thanks to junior Connor Massaro, who received a ball from senior Brennen Whaley at the right edge of the box and slotted it into the left side of goal past the Bruton keeper.
Bruton (5-3) had its share of opportunities in the first half as well.
Junior Lanson Fontaine got on the end of two crosses, but could not put them home. Warhill took their one-goal lead into halftime and had twice as many shots and shots on goal as the Panthers in the first half.
“We were just slow,” Bruton Coach Luke Taylor said about his team’s performance. “They beat us in 1-on-1 situations, which made us stab in and commit too many fouls.”
Bruton played the aggressor at the start of the second half, launching four attacks and shots in the opening minutes.
A defensive miscue with 24 minutes left in the half gave the Lions a 2-0 lead. DeAndre Kissoon mishit a Warhill cross in the box, sending it rolling past the keeper and into the net.
Just seven minutes later, Warhill added a third when junior Noah Leon gathered a deflection to the right of the goal and slipped it past the goalkeeper to seal the victory.
A diving header from Bruton junior Michael Wilson brought the Panthers one back toward the end of the match, but the damage had already been done.
“We’ve been much better than this in terms of building the play up,” Taylor said. “We can’t only rely on corners to get our opportunities.”
Going forward, the main focus for Taylor and his squad will be getting healthy.
Four Panthers players sat out tonight’s game due to injury.
“We actually have depth this year as opposed to other years. That’s what’s allowing us to stay into these games,” Taylor said. “But this is not how we normally play.”
Warhill 3, Bruton 1
Goals: Warhill (Connor Massaro, Noah Leon), Bruton (Michael Wilson)
Assists: Warhill (Brennen Whaley, Jacob Answine)
Grafton Girls Rout New Kent
The Clippers did not pull any punches during a 9-1 victory against New Kent.
Grafton moves to 4-3 on the season with the win and will host Smithfield at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
No individual statistics were reported for this game.
Grafton 9, New Kent 1
Warhill Girls Roll Against Bruton
Shaye Doherty scored three first-half goals to help lead Warhill (3-3) to an 8-0 win against Bruton (1-6) Friday.
Kirstyn Aldridge contributed three goals for Warhill, while Victoria Hall and Tori Espinosa each chipped in one apiece.
Warhill will host Poquoson 7 p.m. Tuesday, while Bruton will look to snap a six-game losing streak as the Panthers host York 7 p.m. Monday.
Warhill 8, Bruton 0
Goals: Warhill (Shaye Doherty 3, Kirstyn Aldridge 3, Victoria Hall, Tori Espinosa)