By Randy Arrington
LURAY, April 11 — The Luray Bulldogs took sole command of second place in the Bull Run District in girls soccer on Tuesday with a 5-0 win over Mt. View. The ‘Dawgs got a little help from the Rams of Strasburg, who fell 6-1 at home to the undefeated Eagles of Clarke. The Rams are now in a tie with Central for third place at 5-2, while Clarke sits alone at the top without a loss. Luray’s only loss this season came at the hands of Strasburg.
At Bulldog Field on Tuesday, Luray’s sophomore forward Kate Taglauer struck first at the 32-minute mark of the first half to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 early. Then it was standout junior Hazel Parlett‘s time to shine, as the Bulldog midfielder drilled a long shot into the back of the net with 12:02 left and then hit her second goal just seconds before the whistle blew for halftime. Luray lead 3-0.
In the first eight minutes of the second half, sophomore forward Ahdayis Whittaker would score twice for the Bulldogs and cap off the scoring for the game.
Just moments after Whittaker’s second goal with 30:31 left in the game, Luray fans received a scare when senior Hannah Whitmer went down and ended up being transported from the field by ambulance. Her condition seemed stable, however no official information was released about her status.
During the majority of the game, Luray remained on the attack and kept their opponent on defense. The Bulldogs took nearly four times as many shots on goal as the Generals (19 to 5, respectively). Mt. View did make a stronger showing in the second half, threatening to score several times. Luray goalie Trinity Hasse had a few key saves to keep the Generals off the scoreboard.
Mt. View sophomore goalie Tanija Davis also deserves a lot of credit for playing a tough game with several saves of her own, as the Bulldogs kept her busy most of the game.
With the loss, the Generals drop to 2-5 and sit in sixth place in the nine-team district. The only wins that Mt. View has picked up so far this season are against Page County and East Rockingham. Next up, the Generals will host Rappahannock this Friday, April 14. Rappahannock remains the only winless team in the district.
With the win, Luray moves to 5-1 and once again sits just behind the district-dominant Eagles of Clarke, who stand at 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Bull Run. Next up, the Bulldogs will travel to Madison this Friday, April 14.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.