Girls Soccer Roundup: Barker Scores Four Goals as Bruton Tops W&L is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Naya Samuel
Naya Samuel cuts the ball up the field. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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After giving up two goals in the first 11 minutes of play, Bruton's defense locked down and the Panthers pulled away for a comfortable 7-3 win at home against Conference 33 opponent Washington & Lee on Thursday.

The Panthers were led all game by Kamree Barker, who paced the Panthers with four goals and an assist during the victory. Barker scored two goals in each half.

"I think working from the back and getting the ball through the middle to the flanks and crossing it in really worked well," Barker said. "Our buildup to get to the top was good."

As well as Bruton played throughout the game, the Panthers had trouble containing Washington & Lee in the early going.

Washington & Lee's Armani Henry, who scored all three goals for the Eagles, opened the scoring in the fifth minute after stealing the ball deep in Bruton's territory and slotting the ball into the lower-left corner of the goal.

Three minutes later, Bruton responded as Barker played the ball to Erin Lundy, who finished the ball into the lower-left corner of the net to knot the game at 1-1.

Keeping with the up-tempo start, Henry responded for Washington & Lee in the 11th minute, breaking free from the Bruton defense and beating the keeper to go back up 2-1.

After the early flurry of goals, both teams settled into their rhythms and traded possession in the midfield until the later moments of the first half.

In the 32nd minute, Barker logged her first goal of the game coming off an assist from Aaliyah Bartlett. Barker controlled the ball and rifled a shot that blazed past the Washington & Lee keeper to tie the game at 2-2.

A minute later, Bruton took its first lead of the game when Lundy found herself on the receiving end of a well-placed through ball by Alexy Volkle. Lundy took the pass in stride and slipped the ball low past the goalie to go up 3-2.

Barker struck again in the 37th minute, collecting a pass from Nyah Samuel and firing the ball into the top portion of the net. Samuel managed to sneak in a goal before the end of the first half, collecting a loose ball in the box and poking it into the corner of the net in the 40th minute.

The late goals gave Bruton a commanding 5-2 lead heading into the break.

Bruton's offense was not nearly as prolific in the second half, but the Panthers were still able to tack on a pair of goals to secure the win.

Barker stole the ball from a Washington & Lee defender and shot the ball low into the back of the net in the 49th minute. She scored again in the 61st minute, slotting the ball into the lower-right corner of the net for her final goal of the evening.

A 69th-minute goal by Washington & Lee helped make the scoreline look better for the Eagles, but the Panthers were in control through the final whistle.

Bruton (1-0) will now look toward a Tuesday home game against Northampton.

Bruton 7, Washington & Lee 3

Goals: Bruton (Lundy 2, Barker 4, Samuel), Washington & Lee (Henry 3)
Assists: Bruton (Barker, Bartlett, Volkle, Samuel)


Tabb Wins Garvey Tournament

Tabb's girls soccer team took home the Christine Garvey Memorial Tournament championship on Thursday, defeating York 5-0 to claim the title.

In addition to winning the tournament, Tabb senior Leah Tyson was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Tabb (3-0) will visit Bishop Sullivan Catholic on Tuesday, while York (2-1) will have a long layoff before resuming its season March 30 on the road against Heritage.

Individual statistics were not reported for this game.

Tabb 5, York 0


Warhill Shuts Out Kecoughtan in Garvey Consolation

Warhill finished its stint in the Christine Garvey Memorial Tournament on a high note Thursday, defeated Kecoughtan 3-0 in the consolation round.

The Lions were led by Shaye Doherty, who scored a pair of goals for Warhill. Also adding a goal was Caroline Metevier.

Lions goalkeeper Aaliyah Tyler had a solid outing in the net, posting her first shutout victory of the season.

Warhill (2-1) will now turn its attention to a home game against Colonial Heights on Tuesday.

Warhill 3, Kecoughtan 0

Goals: Warhill (Metevier, Doherty 2)


Grafton Falls to NSA IN Garvey Consolation

After winning its first two games in the Christine Garvey Memorial Tournament, Grafton suffered its first loss of the season on Thursday as the Clippers fell 3-0 to Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in the consolation round of the tournament.

The loss marks the first time Grafton has been held scoreless this season and also marks the first time the Clippers have allowed a goal.

Grafton (2-1) will attempt to rebound March 27 during a road game against Denbigh.

Individual statistics were not reported for this game.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 3, Grafton 0