Boys Soccer Roundup: Grafton Coasts Past Bruton

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Patrick Garber
Patrick Garber scored two goals and added an assist. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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Coming off a disappointing loss to Poquoson on Tuesday, Grafton was able to shake off the rust and score a dominating 5-0 road win against Bruton on Thursday.

For Grafton Coach Johnny Yu, the biggest change from Tuesday to Thursday was mental preparation.

"From our last game to this game, it was a 180-degree change," he said. "After spring break we're always bad. I'm not sure what it is, but it's just mental. ... If we play how we played tonight during every game, we would be OK."

After playing the first 20 minutes at break-neck speed, Grafton broke through with the game's opening goal in the 26th minute.

The first goal was scored when Andrew Bender delivered a well-placed pass to Patrick Garber, who found the back of the net with ease.

Grafton added its second goal shortly before the end of the first half, as Bender logged his second assist of the game – this time delivering a curling ball off a free kick. Adam King put his head on the pass and placed it in the right side of the net.

With a 2-0 lead in hand heading into the second half, the Clippers continued to build on their strong first-half performance.

In the 49th minute, Garber sent a corner kick into the box that was met by the stomach of Bender before finding the back of the net.

Garber scored arguably the best goal of the night in the 68th minute when he stole the ball outside of Bruton's box, moved to his left and volleyed a hard shot that just squeezed under the crossbar.

With the game well out of hand in the 80th minute, Grafton's Albert Seo passed the ball to a wide open King, who easily slotted the ball into the net shortly before the final whistle.

Grafton (5-2) will visit Tabb on Tuesday, while Bruton (3-2) will try to rebound on the road against Rappahannock on Monday.

Grafton 5, Bruton 0

Goals: Grafton (Patrick Garber 2, Tahj Chisolm, Adam King, Andrew Bender)
Assists: Grafton (Andrew Bender 2, Adam King, Patrick Garber, Albert Seo)

 

Lafayette Draws with Smithfield

A penalty kick goal in the second half helped Lafayette play to a 1-1 draw at home against Smithfield on Thursday.

Smithfield scored the first goal of the game in the 30th minute as Zachary Thacker dislodged the ball from Lafayette goalkeeper David Domalski and placed the ball in the back of the net.

After trailing 1-0 at halftime, Lafayette's Justin Wilson earned a penalty kick in the 60th minute. Wilson stepped to the penalty spot and finished the kick to tie the game at 1-1.

Lafayette (2-2-1) will face a big test next Friday at home against York.

Lafayette 1, Smithfield 1

Goals: Lafayette (Justin Wilson), Smithfield (Zachary Thacker)