River’s Blair Grim kicks the ball against Glenvar.
Photo by Jim Devinney

The James River soccer teams played Conference 38 rival Glenvar in a doubleheader at Glenvar last week with mixed results. The boys took a 4-0 shutout win, but the girls lost to Glenvar, 4-1, on a cold night at Highlander Stadium.

“We played well considering the tough conditions at game time,” said River boys coach Jared Whiting. “High winds, some rain and cold temperatures made for a challenging game against the elements. We had to play the ball short and on the ground because the high winds controlled the ball in the air. Our defense kept Glenvar outside the box all night and the midfield maintained control through most of the game.”

Jacob Hill scored off a penalty kick and River Clonch, Jacob Wagner, and Owen Krisnitski each had one goal. Ben Woody, Tyler Whiting and Hill each had an assist.

“We had some good scoring opportunities and finished them well,” said Whiting. “Given the conditions with the weather I felt we adapted well, played solid soccer and got the job done.”

The boys are now 5-1.

The girls didn’t fare as well on a blustery night.

“The play was intense and the Knights produced ample offense, but the ball would not go in the net,” said River coach Bill Smith.

Glenvar star Kelci Horner opened the scoring two minutes into the match and scored a second time midway through the period. The play was back and forth with possession favoring the Knights.

James River came out of the break strong and more direct, penetrating the Glenvar defense and making good shooting opportunities, but Glenvar keeper Chynna Carmichael was in the right spot with good hands each time, totaling over 20 saves in the game. Kiera Omberg and Kyleigh Drew each converted for Glenvar by the midpoint in the second half.

With 20 minutes remaining Kaitlyn McClung scored an unassisted goal for the Knights for their only point of the game. The girls are now 3-3.

Both teams are now off for spring break, returning Tuesday, April 18, with a doubleheader against county rival Lord Botetourt in Daleville.