Memorial Day should be a memorable one for fans of Lord Botetourt soccer as the Cavaliers will host a boys-girls Region 3D doubleheader next Monday. Both teams are red hot after winning Blue Ridge District tournament championships last week.
The boys are the third seed in the region and they’ll host sixth seeded Northside in the opening game of Monday’s doubleheader. That’s scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and the boys will take a 13-3-2 record into the region while Northside is sixth. Tunstall and Cave Spring are the top two seeds.
The girls will play the second game Monday against the winner of an opening round game between Northside and Tunstall on Thursday of this week. The Cavaliers received an opening round bye as the top seed in the region with a 16-2 overall mark.
Both teams won Blue Ridge District tournaments last weekend. The two LB teams swept a doubleheader at Lord Botetourt High on Friday night in the semifinal round, then swept a doubleheader in the championship finals Saturday at Franklin County High School.
The girls didn’t allow a goal in the tournament. They defeated Northside on Friday, 4-0, as Ally Spangler scored twice. LB then shut out William Byrd in the championship game Saturday, 3-0, with Emma Rice scoring twice and Cadence Peters scoring once. The girls are 12-0 against Blue Ridge District opponents.
The boys made it back-to-back shutouts in their semifinal at LB on Friday, following the girls’ victory with a 3-0 win over Byrd to advance to the championship game. LB got things going in the second half when Dylan Salvi found the back of the net to make it 1-0. Then, just 30 seconds later, Will Hall stole the ball after the kick off and took it down the field and scored to make it 2-0. Hall finished things off with another goal with three minutes left to play.
Saturday in Rocky Mount the Cavaliers played Northside in the Blue Ridge District tournament championship and Jordan Thornhill got things started with a header off a beautiful corner from Cadyn Bowles. The Vikings tied things up a few minutes later to make it 1-1, and with 15 minutes left to play lightning entered the area.
When play resumed the Vikings struck quickly to take the 2-1 lead but Bowles answered with a goal of his own to tie it 2-2 and that’s how it stood at the end of regulation. The game went into two regular overtime periods and two golden goal periods, and with under a minute to play Bryson Harvey found the back of the net to give the Cavaliers the game winner and the BRD crown with a 3-2 final.
Memorial Day winners will advance to the region semifinals a week from tonight and the Region 3D championship games are on Friday, June 3.