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Forest soccer asserts its dominance

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Beat up on latest foes

By Mike Forster

 

Certain things can be counted upon in the springtime.  

Of course, you have your April showers and your (subsequent) May flowers.

The Kentucky Derby.

The dissipation of any hope for Chicago Cubs fans.

And top-notch soccer being played out of Jefferson Forest.

Both the Cavs and the Lady Cavs were in fine form last week.  Both seem to have the potential for deep runs in the playoffs, even with the obstacle course that is the new playoff structure.

 

Lady Cavs stay perfecto

Bigger school, bigger players?  

No big deal.

The Jefferson Forest Lady Cavs took the invasion by 6A-level Franklin County and its burly bunch of belles in stride, sending the Eagles back across the Lake following a 3-0 JF win.

It took a while for the red and black to figure things out, but the crew roared to life following the halftime intermission.

The win was huge for JF on a number of fronts.  First, it improved the Lady Cavs' overall mark to 8-0-0.  The team's final regular-season mark will be important, come seeding sessions for the post-season.

Second, this is the second time the Lady Cavs have beaten FrankCo.  That the Eagles are a level 6A school should boost the self-esteem of the JF lasses.  Sadly, it won't boost the Lady Cavs' power rankings, as two-level skips (JF is 4A) don't factor into the standings.

Additionally, Franklin County has been the bully of the Western Valley District.  The Eagles have beaten up on a couple of teams which will be tossed into Conference 24, along with JF, come playoff time.  In fact, the Eagles have pounded both Bassett and GW-Danville by identical 8-0 scores in their two matches prior to the tilt at JF.

"We were very pleased," said JF Head Coach Stan Golon.  "We were pleased with the possession game and  we had great passing all night long."

One of those passes came from midfielder Katie Cousins, who found Cassidy Ratliff blazing toward the Eagle goal.  Ratliff made quick work of things to post what would prove to be the game winner, two minutes into the second half.

Kathryn Grachan then found Mercedes Quinteros for an insurance tally before Dana Bryant and Claire Lee hooked up for the final goal.  

Both games with Franklin County were eerily similar.  Both were 3-0 JF wins.  Both were scoreless at halftime.  Both had JF taking 16 shots.

Sarah Richards looked solid in goal, with Lauren Vann, Courtney Matthews, Grachan and Lindsay Broman keeping the brunt of the Eagle attack in check.

 

Cavs rock Bees, Pioneers 

Things seem to be coming together for the Jefferson Forest soccer lads.  For those that are not in the infirmary, that is.

A team which has seen both of its captains felled by leg injuries has somehow been able to patch together a robust run in the Seminole.  That was obvious during consecutive victories over Brookville and Heritage.

While it is doubtful the Cavs will get enough help to edge E.C. Glass from the top of the district standings, it is Conference 24 which weighs heavier on the Cav collective mind.

JF earned a measure of revenge against the Bees, which had tied them in their first meeting of the season.  There would be no such nonsense this time around.  Aaron Crance, Teddy Delledera and Zachary Wiley all had first-half goals, tripling what had been JF's offensive output during that first, sadder game.

Martin Solheim and Delledera added insurance tallies in the second half.

With striker Matthew Crider out for the rest of the season (leg injury), Delledera continued to shine against Heritage, picking up the hat trick in the 7-0 win.

Other goals were sent home by Pierce Saunders, Chris Palazzi, Brian McConkey and Crance for the 7-2-1 Cavs.

"I'm very pleased with the effort," said JF Head Coach Jedd Zaring, of both wins.  "We're now talking about playing to our standard; not to someone else's."

In addition to missing Crider, Zaring also has been absent midfield standout Ben Cavanaugh.  One thing he did prior to the Brookville game was bring Joshua Owen up top from his fullback position.

At 6'2", Owen is a muscular beast who could strike terror in the hearts of opposing backliners.

Certainly, Delledera's full-throttle approach does so already.

With defenders such as Saunders and Solheim giving cover to crackerjack goalkeeper Thomas Cavanaugh,  and the offense clicking, things look swimmingly for the team.  

At least they did against the Bees and Pioneers.

"The question is: Can it work against Western Albemarle, Glass or Blacksburg?" said Zaring.