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Lady Raiders bounce Lady Devils in state quarters

KEVIN MAYS, [email protected] • Jun 5, 2018 at 10:07 PM

APPOMATTOX — Appomattox lived up to its hype.

The undefeated Lady Raiders scored one goal in the first minute and two more in the next six minutes on the way to an 8-0 win over Gate City on Tuesday in a VHSL Class 2 girls soccer quarterfinal game at Appomattox’s Bragg Stadium.

Appomattox advanced to a semifinal clash with Radford on Friday at 11 a.m. at Radford University. The Lady Bobcats eliminated Richlands 4-1 to reach the Final Four.

ONE-SIDED

For most of the match, the Lady Raiders (21-0) kept the ball on their attack side of the field, and they finished with 30 shots on goal. Gate City was limited to eight.

“It kind of surprised me that we got the goals in the beginning,” said Appomattox coach Brian Robinson. “We’ve always said we’ve got to come out hard, but sometimes they come out a little lazy. We wanted to come out with intensity.

“I was a little worried with the warmup that it wasn’t as intense as we wanted it. But maybe they were saving it for the game.”

QUICK ON THE DRAW

Appomattox scored only one goal in the second half, though that made little difference after its showing in the first.

Ashlyn Lewis scored on a header from a Josey Walton corner kick just 47 seconds into the game and added a second on an assist from Abby Ranson.

Ranson and Josey Walton came through with goals before Taylor Fulcher closed out the first half with a hat trick that came on consecutive goals.

AFTER THE BREAK

In the second half, Gate City (13-5-1) increased its intensity and played even with Appomattox.

“We had a lot of nerves. We were a little jittery in the beginning and it took us over 20 minutes to settle down,” said Gate City coach Mary Beth Vaughn. “We told our girls to give it all that they could and after they settled down they did.

“All season, they’ve never quit and they didn’t quit today. That’s all you can ask.”

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