FINCASTLE – The Lord Botetourt girls gave up the first goal but rallied to take a 3-1 win over William Byrd in Vinton last week. The game was the Blue Ridge District opener for both.

Byrd led 1-0 at the half on a goal by Katie Abelseth. The Terriers forced the action on their home pitch.


Dakota Duckworth (#2) of LB battles two Byrd defenders.
Dakota Duckworth (#2) of LB battles two Byrd defenders.

“We didn’t play well in the first half,” said LB coach Jamie Bednarek. “Byrd outplayed us. They were always about a step quicker to the ball.”


The Cavaliers came out with a purpose in the second half.

“We switched a couple things around,” said Bednarek. “We moved some people around and the girls played much better.”

Kennedi VanRavestein got the Cavs on the board and evened the score on a direct kick just outside the box. Then Gretchen Goldstein scored what proved to be the game winner on a throw in from Jade Lewis. Kristi Bowman scored an insurance goal and the Cavaliers held Byrd to just three shots after intermission to ice the win.

Now 4-0-1, LB is off this week, returning to action April 17 with a home game against Rockbridge.