The Lord Botetourt boys soccer team is 8-2 after splitting two matches last week. The Cavaliers defeated Staunton River at home, 8-1, then dropped a heartbreaker at Northside on Friday, 1-0.

Against Staunton River, goal scorers included two each by Trey Rice and Corey Hackett and one each by Benny Ford, Isaac DeHart, Jacob Booth, and Collin Ewers. That put the Cavs in a good mood as they hoped to avenge their only loss of the season at Northside.

“We changed up formations and walked through defensive pressing tactics that I felt could help subdue Northside’s strong attacking line,” said LB coach Tim Wright.

The changes proved to be a good call as the Cavaliers held Northside to a scoreless tie until the Vikings were awarded a penalty kick in the final minutes of regulation play.  The kick resulted in a goal and secured the win for the Vikings.

“Personally, I did not feel as if the call the referee made was appropriate,” said Wright. “That is what it is, and it is what we cannot control. When we look at what we can control to include our character, attitudes, and effort level then I believe my guys had an outstanding performance. They kept fighting in the midst of an adverse call and they carried out a pressing style defense with excellence not allowing one quality shot from Northside’s three key attacking players. To put it simple, last Friday’s game goes down as one of my proudest moments of my nine-year coaching career.”

LB was scheduled to host Rockbridge on Tuesday and Alleghany will be here Friday.