Tyler Whiting (15) of James River controls the ball. Photo by Jim Devinney

The James River boys will play host to Three Rivers District rival Radford tonight in what has become a good soccer rivalry. The Knights are hoping to bounce back after a 5-0 loss to Giles in Springwood last Thursday.

“It was a tough night for us,” said coach Jared Whiting. “We came out flat, made many basic soccer mistakes, and paid the price with a four-goal deficit by half. We couldn’t seem to settle into our game and it rattled us. That’s a tough order to overcome against a formidable team like Giles.”

River played better in the second half, but by that time it was too late.

“In the second half we did come together and played better, but not nearly good enough, giving up yet another goal,” said Whiting. “I could see a positive change in determination from these guys after the game and feel this loss will benefit us the rest of the season.”