By Brian Hoffman
The James River girls soccer team will host Carroll County on Thursday night for “Senior Night,” as they honor seniors Kayla Myers, Ella Wright and Sofia Kryder. Kickoff is 6 p.m.
The Knights are hoping to bounce back after a 9-2 loss to Glenvar in Springwood Monday. Glenvar scored twice in the first two minutes and fell behind 3-0 before Natalie Hughes scored on a penalty kick and Alise Orent found the net off an assist from Drew Whitson to make it 3-2. However, Glenvar scored three unanswered goals before the half and led 6-2 at intermission.
“The Knights were not coming back, but there was some fight left in the team,” said coach Bill Smith. “Throughout the match captains Kayla Myers and Natalie Hughes did great duty in the middle of the field, both making highlight reel worthy runs past multiple defenders and shots glancing off the goal.”
The final drama of the match came on a late PK by the Highlanders. A score would have ended the match early, but the powerfully struck shot bounced off the top bar and well out onto the field. The triple whistle followed soon after with a final score of 9-2 for the visiting team, currently at the top of the TRD standings.
The loss followed an 8-0 win over Floyd County last Thursday in Springwood. River had eight different girls score in the win. Knights keeper Kylee Aaron had to make just one save for the shutout while Buffalo keeper Luna Demarest had 33 saves against a relentless River attack.