The Lord Botetourt girls had too much firepower for visiting James River as they took an 8-2 in last week in an intra-county game in Daleville.

The game was close for a half, as LB led just 2-1 at intermission on goals by Balor Harold and Ally Spangler. A converted penalty kick by River’s Megan Hill drew the Knights to within one by the half, but in the second half it was all LB.

Spangler converted twice more in the second half for a hat trick, giving the freshman seven goals in her first three varsity games.  Briana Myers scored twice and Harold got a second goal for LB.


James River had an “own goal” midway through the half, and with eight minutes left in the match Kayla Myers finished in heavy traffic, from a Sophia Kryder assist, for the Knights.

Colleen Peery made 15 saves for the Knights. Carliegh Booth and Chloe Beasley combined for eight saves for the Cavaliers.

“The final result was pretty one-sided with LB commanding a definitive score line,” said River coach Bill Smith. “The game had a lot of action at both ends and was a high energy match with many friends facing each other in the contest.”

On Thursday of last week the Cavaliers improved to 4-0 with a 1-0 win over Liberty Christian Academy in Daleville. Spangler, who has scored in every game, scored with 15 minutes remaining for the only goal of the game.

“Liberty Christian Academy has a very strong, physical team,” said LB coach Giuseppe D’Arpa. “They were a very tough opponent.”

The Cavaliers put their unbeaten record on the line at Staunton River on Tuesday, but results were too late for publication. On Thursday the girls return the trip to LCA with a game in Lynchburg.

James River, now 1-1-1, will be at Green Hill Park in Roanoke County on Thursday for a game with Glenvar.

River has three games next week, at Giles Monday, at Carroll County Wednesday and home to Alleghany on Thursday, April 11.