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Homestanding JF wins 9-2

By Mike Forster

  Eighteen goals.

That’s how many times Jefferson Forest put the ball in the net in its two wins over Liberty in girls soccer this season.

Last Thursday’s 9-2 win came on the heels of a 9-0 whitewash two weeks ago.

By way of comparison, last season, JF won both of its matches with Liberty.  The scores from those games:  1-0 and 3-0.

Liberty’s defense has been decimated by injuries this season.  That has certainly been a factor.  For instance, team captain Patty Hale is sorely missed on the back line as she recuperates from injuries.

But, you have to give credit to the Jefferson Forest attack.  It is mighty.

The JF assault is a mix of strength, speed and peskiness.  It is frustrating to the Lady Cav foes and it is highly effective.  In Seminole play, JF is averaging 6.9 goals per game.

No team, other than E.C. Glass, has managed to keep the Lady Cavs to under six goals in a single game.

Against Liberty, the scoring was spread around.  Goals were pumped in by Callie White, Emilee McDaniel, Alyssa Mitchell, Lauren Nicholas, Chelsea Hayes, Lauren Brittigan  and Julie McNally.

White and McDaniel each had a pair, in fact.

Liberty got goals from Kara Harrison and  Kiley Bartholomew, both off of corner kicks.

Forest kept its starters in for much of the game in spite of a game-long lead.  “We have to get ready for the playoffs,” said JF Head Coach Stan Golon.

Liberty can take find the silver lining in the following facts:

-In JF’s last three wins (including Monday night’s 11-0 win over Heritage), the Liberty game was the only one not called on a mercy rule.  JF blanked Rustburg 9-0, as well.

-Liberty is the only other Seminole team to have scored more than one goal in a game against JF.  Glass had a 2-2 tie earlier against the Lady Cavs.

We’re not making excuses for Liberty.  The team’s lack of depth, however, is startling.

Against Jeff Forest, there was but one substitute sitting on the bench during play.  Compare that with the richness that is the JF bench:  11 players, nearly all of which would start on just about any other Seminole team.

“They’re decimated, but they didn’t quit,” said Golon of Liberty.

Said LH Head Coach Jeff Steele, “We can do great things, but we have a tough time doing them for 40 minutes.”

Steele tipped his hat to Jeff Forest.  “They’re fast.  They have great crosses (passes).  They get to it and move as a unit,” said Steele.  “They play well together.”

Liberty picked up its second district win on Monday night, topping Rustburg, 2-0.  Laura Garbarini and Maran Catalano did the scoring, as keeper Taylor Watts earned the shutout.

The win took some of the edge off an earlier tie with Rustburg, which came about as the game was called at halftime due to weather.