Lord Botetourt played host to James River in an intra-county boys’ soccer game last week and took a decisive win over the Knights. The Cavaliers won 8-1 in Daleville in a game that was closer than the score indicates.
“The score says one thing, but the first half James River made us work for what we got,” said LB coach Tim Wright. “I told their coach in an email afterwards that I always walk away from playing them impressed. Consistently over the years Coach (Jared) Whiting has done a phenomenal job with his boys and the players just seem grateful to be given the opportunity to compete in the soccer setting.”
River was able to score first on a goal by Craig Bowyer, assisted by Chase Powell. However, from that point it was all LB as Kyle Wood scored three goals, Trey Rice had two and Matt Smith, Brody Cook and Zach Durham had one each.
“Our boys played with heart for sure but we just couldn’t match the speed and skill of LB,” said Whiting. “It was a very clean and sportsmanlike game by both teams. Even with getting beat pretty bad the game never got ‘chippy,’ which is always nice to see.
We defended their corner kicks well even with them throwing different looks with each one, which has been typically one of shortfall so we made some improvements over our previous game. Just another one of the tough games against the bigger school.”
LB stayed unbeaten at 5-0 with the win while River lost for the first time and fell to 2-1. The Cavs were back in action Tuesday against Staunton River and Friday they go to Heritage. River is at Glenvar Thursday, and the Highlanders are playing at Green Hill Park while their stadium is undergoing work to install artificial turf.