Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Girls soccer update: Cox on nine-game win streak, Kellam undefeated since March

Welcome to Southside Daily’s weekly look at the top girls soccer teams by record in Virginia Beach, and a peak ahead at what’s next on their schedule:

Kellam (10-1-2, 2-0-1 Coastal): The Knights are 10-0-1 since March 19. Kellam’s methodical style will not awe anyone with flash, but it surgically and efficiently picks teams apart.

First Colonial's Kylie Goad (right) battles with Tallwood's Rosie O'Neal for ball possession. (Joe Saade/Southside Daily)
First Colonial’s Kylie Goad (right) battles with Tallwood’s Rosie O’Neal for ball possession. (Joe Saade/Southside Daily)

Cox (9-4, 4-0 Coastal) The Falcons are the hottest team in the Beach. Cox has won nine games in a row, including a monster 3-2 come-from-behind win to knock the Patriots from the undefeated ranks. The playoff-pedigree Falcons are showing off their experience by handling rivals from arguably the state’s toughest conference.

First Colonial (10-1-1, 2-1-1 Coastal): The Patriots tied Kellam 0-0 on Monday then lost to Cox 3-2 on Tuesday for their first defeat of the season. Don’t be alarmed — to go 0-1-1 in probably the toughest back-to-back stretch a Beach team can experience is no cause for panic. They still score as well as anyone and get to redeem themselves on Friday against Ocean Lakes.

Tallwood (8-2-3, 1-3 Coastal): It’s not time to panic in Lion land about the prospects of missing the conference tournament, but it’s getting close. Tallwood couldn’t close a 1-0 lead against Cox on Wednesday and is in must-win mode against Kellam and Ocean Lakes next week.

Landstown (9-4, 2-2 Coastal): The Eagles rebounded from conferencing-opening losses to Kellam and Cox with crucial wins against Ocean Lakes and Tallwood. They’ll face a win-hungry Patriots club on Tuesday and they close out conference play against Bayside. Landstown should earn a conference seed if it can escape at least 1-1 in those two games.

Bishop Sullivan (11-6-1, 6-4 Tidewater) Crusaders had won four games in a row by outscoring opponents 24-4 before a 2-1 loss to Norfolk Collegiate in the TCIS semifinal on Wednesday. Bishop Sullivan awaits its Division 1 state tournament seeding.

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