Panther girls pick up second win in three games
~ Republished with permission from MadRapp.com
By Chuck Jackson
WASHINGTON, Va. April 24 — Panthers played soccer on the Rappahannock County High School pitch in Washington on Monday night. In the end, both Page County and Rapp won games.
In a Bull Run District double-header match up pitting both girls and boys soccer, the Page girls beat Rapp, 9-0 in a mercy-rule shortened match.
Rapp (0-6 overall and district) trailed 3-0 late in the first half before Page pushed another ball past the Panthers’ goalie. As the host team played on in the second half, fatigue fell among them. Page (3-7, 3-7) scored off a rebound in the 50th minute and when Alexis Williams couldn’t clear a punt after successfully grabbing a save. Page scored its last goal four minutes later.
When the scoreboard clock reached 60 minutes, the game was called.
“We were flat to start, but made some changes at halftime that made the difference,” Page County coach Michael Clark said. “We scored a lot of goals in 20 minutes. It was a good game all around.”
Rapp head coach Michael Suchernick admitted his team’s young with just one senior and four juniors.
“Three-quarters of our team never played soccer before this year,” Suchernick said. “When we opened against Page to start the season [another 9-0 loss on March 23], they ran all over us. This time, we played with them for the first half. I’m proud of every one of them.”
Associate head coach Erica Jennejahn, the school system’s master social worker joined the team last Thursday. She said she hopes the girls will gel into a “more-aggressive” team as the season progresses.
A former player both here in the states and in Germany, Jennejahn also had a stint as an assistant coach under former Culpeper County head coach Erick Kalenga, when the Blue Devils made it to the VHSL Class 3A state championship game.
Sophomore midfielder Emma Babb led Page County with four goals and an assist. Senior flanker Mary-Isabel Ruffner and freshman midfielder Summer Long both had two goals and an assist, and freshman midfielder Ave Keyser contributed a goal and an assist.
Senior goalkeeper Montana Foltz, came out from the net late in the game to an offensive field position and got an assist on her team’s final score.
The Page County Panthers have now won two of their last three games, coming off a huge 4-3 win at East Rockingham one week ago. Next up, Page travels to Quicksburg for a 7 p.m. district matchup with Mt. View on Thursday, April 27.
Rapp 7, Page 2
WASHINGTON, Va. April 24 — In the nightcap game, Rapp roared to a 6-0 lead before Page County sophomore midfielder Adam Lucas-Paxtor broke up the shutout scoring on a penalty kick.
Sophomore Aiden Stoner scored his fifth and sixth goals completing his double hattrick — while Page freshman midfielder Wade McAnulty sandwiched a goal between them.
Junior Ali Salazar scored Rapp’s second goal of the game.
“We played like [crap],” Page County (0-10, 0-10) coach Tyler Knight said. “It was an embarrassing game.”
Rapp (2-6, 2-6) head coach Jeff Day said he liked the improvement he saw from his players.
“Our passing and positioning are improving with each game,” coach Day said. “I saw that tonight. I know our team is better than our record and I really believe we are on our way up.”
Rapp won that matchup, 7-2.
Next up, Page County hosts Mt. View at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 1.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.