By Jerry Holsworth - firstname.lastname@example.org
BERRYVILLE -- Clarke County's girls soccer game against Strasburg on Friday was a case of two teams heading in opposite directions.
For the Eagles, it was a chance to continue to improve as they look towards entering the Bull Run District tournament as the second seed. For the Rams, it was a tough 8-0 loss after three straight games.
"This was our third game in as many days," Strasburg coach Jonathan Dodd said. "We played George Mason on Wednesday, traveled to Manassas Park last night and then this game with Clarke County. I'm not taking anything away from Clarke County. They played really well, but this has been really tough for us."
It took the Eagles very little time to establish their dominance, taking their first shot on the Rams' goal just three minutes into the game. Clarke County, which had eight shots in the first 12 minutes of play, outshot Strasburg 27-0 during the first 40 minutes of play.
It did take the Eagles 13 minutes, however, to turn one of those shots into a goal, but once they did the goals came in bunches.
"I thought that we completely dominated them tonight," Clarke County midfielder Aubrey Fletcher said. "And that's exactly what we wanted to do. This kind of game really builds confidence heading into the district tournament and beyond. We're beginning to believe that if we work really hard we can play with anyone."
The Eagles freshman got the scoring started for Clarke County when she volleyed in a goal after a deflection by Rams goalkeeper Anna Sparacio from a shot by Megan Allison with 33:37 left in the first half.
It was senior night for the Eagles, and appropriately the second goal came from senior Lauren Senyitko. Logan Johnson crossed the ball from left wing, and Senyitko volleyed it in from point-blank range.
"I was really proud of the way we played," Senyitko said. "I thought everyone played well. It was really exciting to get two goals in my last regular season home game for Clarke County."
With 13:10 left in the first half, Brogan Jones got the Eagles' third goal, again off a deflection by Sparacio. Three minutes later, Aubrey Fletcher scored her second of three goals when she headed in a corner kick by Courtney Butterfass. She repeated the feat five minutes later, this time off a free kick from Brianna Harrell.
Georgie Thomas finished the first-half scoring for Clarke County when she lofted a ball over Sparacio's head from 25 yards out in the closing seconds of the half to put the Eagles up, 6-0.
"We definitely accomplished everything we set out to do tonight," Johnson said. "We've changed our lineup around and it's really helped."
Strasburg was able to reduce the number of shots the Eagles had in the second half, but it hardly had any effect on the outcome.
With 33:35 left in the game, Molly Devereux drove the ball past Sparacio from 25 yards out to become the second Clarke County senior to score. Three minutes later, Senyitko finished the scoring by turning a pass from Morgan Fletcher into a goal.
"Two of our seniors were able to get goals tonight," Eagles coach Terry Ellis. "I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate senior night. Everyone ran our system perfectly tonight. I'm really proud of the way our girls played."