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Virginia Legacy 76 dropped its third consecutive game, losing to Fredericksburg FC 1-0 on the road Sunday evening at Christopher Newport University.
The game was a far cry from the first meeting between the two teams on June 9, which saw Fredericksburg FC rout Legacy 76 7-0.
Sunday’s game differed with Legacy 76 employing a stronger emphasis on midfield play based around Alec Faulkner, Chris Dunn and Jeffery Bombelles.
Legacy 76 surrendered the game’s only goal in the fifth minute as Fredericksburg FC’s Ivan Sakou volleyed a beautiful ball into the upper-90 portion of the net.
Both teams played a physical, back-and-forth affair on a soggy field following the early goal with neither side able to break through.
Toward the end of the game, Fredericksburg FC, the top team in the National Premiere Soccer League’s Mid-Atlantic Conference, began showing signs of frustration facing a more competitive Legacy 76 group from the earlier meeting.
Legacy 76 saw more opportunities toward the end of the game, but could not find the back of the net before the final whistle blew.
The game drops Legacy 76 to 1-2-6 on the season, while Fredericksburg FC improves to 6-3-0.
While frustrated with the loss, Legacy head coach Kevin Darcy tried to find positives in his team’s grit during the tough performance.
“There are no moral victories with this team,” he said. “But the nature of the game showed the character of our squad to fight to the end.”
Legacy 76 will play its final regular season game against ASA Charge (MD) at 7 p.m. Friday at Wanner Stadium.