Boys Soccer Roundup: Warhill Edged by Smithfield in Physical Contest

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Noah Dunbar scored Warhill's lone goal against Smithfield. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)
Noah Dunbar scored Warhill’s lone goal against Smithfield. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

For the first month of the boys soccer season, Warhill was able to proudly sport an undefeated record that included four wins and a single tie against Hopewell.

However, following a 2-1 loss at home to Smithfield on Monday, the Lions have now dropped back-to-back games.

Monday’s game against the Packers featured an unexpected twist to the game as the head referee scheduled to work the game suffered a leg injury, leaving just two officials to work the game.

The result was a sporadically chaotic and extremely physical battle for possession occurring in the midfield area, the part of the field usually covered by a third referee.

Despite the unfortunate situation with the officials, the Lions were still outplayed early by the Packers.

Smithfield scored the game’s first goal just three minutes into the first half. The Packers earned a corner kick, which was fired toward the front post of the net.

After bouncing off the feet of two players, the ball landed at the feet of Smithfield’s Gunnar Copeland, who easily finished the ball in the back of the net.

Twenty minutes passed before Warhill found its equalizing goal. In the 23rd minute, Noah Dunbar collected the ball deep in the Smithfield box and forced the keeper to hug the near post.

Despite being positioned at a narrow angle, Dunbar was able to slot the ball underneath the goalie and into the far corner of the net.

Dunbar’s goal helped Warhill take the game into halftime with a tied score of 1-1.

Smithfield came out firing in the second half, forcing Warhill goalkeeper Daniel Hardy to make some difficult saves in the early going.

One minute after Hardy parrying a Smithfield shot over the crossbar, the Packers were able to take advantage of a defensive lapse by Warhill.

Davis Pillow of Smithfield took possession down the left side and threaded the ball through two defenders. On the receiving end of the pass was Clayton Ippolito, who sneaked the ball underneath Hardy for the eventual game-winning score.

Warhill (4-2-1) will look to rebound Thursday at home against Jamestown.

Smithfield 2, Warhill 1

Goals: Smithfield (Copeland, Ippolito), Warhill (Dunbar)
Assists: Smithfield (Pillow)

 

Bruton Scores Four Second-Half Goals in Win

After being held scoreless for the first 40 minutes of play, Bruton found the back of the net four times in the second half to earn a 4-0 road win against Rappahannock on Monday.

Bruton’s second-half scoring spree was jumpstarted by Chuckie Tenbusch, who finished the game with two goals and two assists. His first goal came off an assist from Allen Napier, while he second was assisted by Michael Wilson.

Following Tenbusch’s first goal, Lanson Fontaine followed with a goal of his own coming off an assist from Tenbusch.

With Bruton leading 2-0, Wilson found the back of the net off an assist from Tenbusch. Wilson’s goal was followed by Tenbusch’s final goal of the game, helping the Panthers earn the win.

Panthers goalkeeper Jose Rios finished the game with four saves, all of which came in the first half.

Bruton (4-2) will host New Kent on Tuesday.

Bruton 4, Rappahannock 0

Goals: Bruton (Tenbusch 2, Fontaine, Wilson)
Assists: Bruton (Napier, Tenbusch 2, Wilson)

 

York Squeaks by Poquoson

A second-half goal by Max Poelker kept York’s perfect season in fact on Monday as the Falcons beat Poquoson 1-0 at home.

After a scoreless first half, Poelker found the back of the net in the 53rd minute off an assist from Cameron Dail.

Poelker’s goal proved to be enough for York to claim the victory against the Islanders.

York (9-0) will look to remain unbeaten as they visit Lafayette on Friday in a big Bay Rivers District showdown.

York 1, Poquoson 0

Goals: York (Poelker)
Assists: York (Dail)