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STORY: Lafayette girls, Jamestown boys win BRD tournaments
Perfect endings in soccer
The Lafayette girls and Jamestown boys finish unbeaten Bay Rivers District seasons with tournament titles.
BY JENNIFER L. WILLIAMS
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YORK -- Top seeds held as Lafayette's girls and Jamestown's boys finished perfect Bay Rivers soccer seasons in Friday's district tournament finals.
The Rams edged the Grafton girls 1-0 at Bruton, followed by the Eagles' boys getting past Lafayette 2-1.
With 19:08 left in the boys game, Winston Mattheisen scored the first of two goals off assists from Robbie Sowell. The first was a regular shot off a throw-in, and the second was a header.
"My first one I tried to flick it back, but it just chipped the goalie and went in just under the post," Mattheisen said. "The second one, we always work on short ones to the front post -- I always run front. And it was low enough, and I just dove and headed it in. It was a great ball."
Jamestown (15-0) was missing midfielder Danny Franklin because of a previous red card.
"I think we played well, not to the best of our potential because Danny was out," Mattheisen said. "He's a big factor on our team. But once he's back, I think we'll be back to normal playing well."
Lafayette (14-3-1) made it 2-1 on Matt Mares' goal with four minutes left but couldn't tie during the remainder.
Lia Potts' high, hard blast from approximately 25 yards out hit net with 4:26 left in the first half for the difference for Lafayette's girls (15-2-1). Lafayette defender Hannah Lyerly effectively marked Grafton forward Lindsay Wicher, the district Player of the Year.
"It's difficult, but I know it's also really frustrating to her as a player because she's a very strong player," Lyerly said. "She was getting really frustrated. It's tiring, but it's worth it in the end to keep her from scoring and get a win."
The Clippers (14-5) were outshot 22-4, but goalkeeper Jamie Dowling made 15 saves to keep it close.
"We were really pumped up as a team because we had something to prove after the first game with Grafton was close at the beginning," Lyerly said. "We just wanted to come out and be strong and take it to them right off the bat. Even though we're both really good teams and we knew it was going to be really close, we wanted to get the win to keep the momentum going."
In Tuesday's Region I girls quarterfinals, Lafayette will host Battlefield District No. 3 seed James Monroe at Cooley Field at 7:30 p.m., Jamestown plays Southside No. 2 seed Prince Edward at Bruton at 7:30, and Grafton plays at Battlefield champion Riverbend at 7:30.
In the boys regional quarterfinals Tuesday, Jamestown will host Battlefield No. 2 seed Chancellor at Cooley Field at 5:30 p.m., Lafayette faces Eastern Shore champion Nandua at Bruton at 5:30, and Poquoson plays at Southside District champ Bluestone at 5:30.
LAFAYETTE 1, GRAFTON 0
Halftime--1-0. Goal--L.Potts. Shots--Grafton 4, Lafayette 22. Saves--Grafton, Dowling 15; Lafayette, Williams 3. Records--Grafton 14-5, Lafayette 15-2-1.
JAMESTOWN 2, LAFAYETTE 1
Halftime--0-0. Goals--Lafayette, Mares; Jamestown, Mattheisen 2. Assists--Lafayette, Mittlemaier; Jamestown, Sowell 2. Shots--Lafayette 4, Jamestown 14. Saves--Lafayette, Wolfe 9, Kuhn 0; Jamestown, Town 1. Records--Lafayette 14-3-1, Jamestown 15-0.
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