by Lee Scripture
Topping a visiting Rappahannock County team 2-0 gave Northumberland guys soccer team their third win this season, more victories than the last four seasons combined. Friday, they lost 4-2 in an overtime game at Essex.
In Wednesday’s game against Rappahannock County, the Indians struck early when Luis Verdugo scored with an assist going to Nathaniel Long. Only four minutes of the game had gone by. As the opening half was coming down, Karas Smith hit pay dirt on an assist from Jesus Acosta. That ended the scoring for the game. “We were able to shut down their main player,” said Indian’s Coach Sterling Harris. Joe Schindler in goal and the Indians defense recorded their third shut out of the season. “A big win, surpassed the grand total for the past four years,” stated Harris.
Friday in a guys and girls varsity only match. Essex continued their winning ways over the Indians but the win came hard for the Trojans as Northumberland showed how far they had come under Coach Harris. “It was the first time since 2012 we have not lost by the slaughter rule,” noted Harris. Even the Essex coach was impressed when he said, “I tip my hat to Northumberland.”
The Indians were first on the scoreboard, with 19 minutes gone in the game, when Austin Evans scored on his own corner kick.
Termed a “banana kick,” Evans’ kick curved around the Essex goalie’s hand into the nets. Essex then scored on a penalty kick and added the tie breaker with just thirty seconds left in the half.
With three minutes left in the second half the Indians tied the game on an Evans penalty kick, it was on to overtime. Essex got a goal in each of the ten minute over time periods to get the win.” Overall it was exciting,” stated Harris.
The Indians now stand at 3-4 with two over time losses and two losses to larger schools. They have the Easter week off until they entertain Arcadia here this Friday.
Almost as exciting for Harris and staff was the JVs win over Rappahannock County, 4-0, for their first win in five years.
Kendrick Dobyns, Zack Moore and Bay Wiggins with two goals provided the firepower. Goal tender Shane Partner recorded a shut out.