Girls Soccer Roundup: Tyson Scores Twice to Lead Tabb Past Warhill is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Leah Tyson
Leah Tyson scored two second-half goals for Tabb. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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After a slow first half, Tabb's Leah Tyson scored a pair of late second-half goals to give the Tigers a 3-0 win against Warhill during Wednesday's game in the Christine Garvey Memorial Tournament.

Tabb Coach Kelle Shiflett said she wanted the Tigers to keep the ball outside of the middle, where Warhill's best players are situated. It was a strategy she said her team struggled to execute in the first half.

While the Tigers did control possession for most of the half, Warhill goalkeeper Aaliyah Tyler made a handful of tough saves that kept Tabb off the board early.

However, with roughly five minutes to play in the first half, Tabb finally found a hole in the backside of Warhill's defense.

Abby Heckler lofted a ball into the box, where it met the feet of senior midfielder Vita Sconyers. After one touch, Sconyers ripped the shot over Tyler's head for the game's opening score.

Tabb took its 1-0 lead heading into halftime, but Shiflett was not entirely pleased with her team's performance in the opening half, asking her players to look for opportunities to attack the weak side of Warhill's defense.

"We knew we had to come in and work hard to keep it out of their middle," Shiflett said. "We didn't do that very well in the first half, which is why it was slow. When we were able to pull people out is when we were able to pick up the pace."

The second half appeared to be more of the same as Tabb held possession and kept the ball in the attacking third, but proved unable to break through Warhill's defense.

Despite controlling the pace of play, Tabb had to be weary of a Warhill counterattack that could tie the game up in the second half. However, with Tabb's near-constant possession of the ball, Warhill was seldom in a position to launch an attack.

As the second half went along, the middle of Warhill's defense began to wear down and the Tigers started peppering Tyler with shots from distance.

In the later stages of the second half, Tyson collected a loose ball in the Warhill box, turned to her left and rifled the ball into the top of Warhill's net to put the Tigers up 2-0.

Moments later, Tyson again found herself running free against the Lions. Tyson juked a pair of defenders before slotting the ball past Tyler with her left foot for the game's final goal.

With the win, Tabb (2-0) will play York in the Christine Garvey Memorial Tournament championship on Thursday. Warhill (1-1) will host Colonial Heights on Tuesday.

Tabb 3, Warhill 0

Goals: Tabb (Sconyers, Tyson 2)
Assists: Tabb (Heckler)


York Shuts Out Gloucester

York blanked Gloucester  2-0 Wednesday in the group play round of the Christine Garvey Memorial Tournament.

With the win, York (2-0) will advance to play Tabb in Thursday's tournament championship game.

Individual statistics were not reported for this game.

York 2, Gloucester 0


Grafton Tops Kecoughtan

Grafton won its second consecutive game of the season, defeating Kecoughtan 2-0 Wednesday in the Christine Garvey Memorial Tournament.

Despite going unbeaten in the tournament, Grafton will not advance past group play because of a lower goal differential than York, which will take on Tabb in the championship game.

Grafton (2-0) will face a long layoff before resuming its season March 28 against Denbigh.

Individual statistics were not reported for this game.

Grafton 2, Kecoughtan 0