By Brad Fauber - firstname.lastname@example.org
STRASBURG -- William Monroe forward Adam Weisenborn accomplished what any guy sets out to do when challenged by his significant other in a friendly squabble -- he proved his girlfriend wrong.
Weisenborn was all over the pitch during Tuesday's Bull Run district soccer showdown with host Strasburg, knocking home a career-best four goals in the Green Dragons' 5-1 win over the Rams.
"The highest I've ever gotten is three [goals]. It's pretty exciting," Weisenborn said. "My girlfriend was like, 'Oh, you're not going to score four [goals] like I have.' I kind of proved her wrong."
The Dragons (1-2, 1-0 Bull Run) set the tone early in the match, using their speed up front to keep Strasburg (0-2, 0-1) on its heels while unleashing a steady barrage of attacks on the goal and Rams keeper Tyler Henry.
Dragons forward Marco Ramos fired the first shot on goal just 10 seconds into the match, and William Monroe tallied four more shots on goal in the next eight minutes, all of which were covered up by Henry. Henry finished with 12 saves, including eight in the first half.
The Dragons finally broke through Henry's defenses with 24:53 to play in the first half when Ramos passed the ball ahead to Weisenborn along the right side, and Weisenborn pushed the ball up the field before sending a shot into the left corner of the net from 10 yards out to give William Monroe a 1-0 lead.
"I just saw the keeper coming out and just slid it in the corner of the net. It was a good ball by [Ramos], no doubt," Weisenborn said. "We've got a pretty quick team and when it comes down to the wire, if we need some speed, we've definitely got it. It's pretty important for us."
Strasburg had several opportunities to score early in the first half, but squandered two breakaway opportunities that could have provided the Rams with some early momentum.
The Rams also had their chances late in the first half as they recorded all three of their first-half shots on goal in the final 17 minutes of the half, but each time were denied by Dragons keeper Aaron Kildea.
The Rams finished with seven shots on goal to William Monroe's 17, and managed their only goal of the game on a penalty kick by Juan Jimenez-Mora with 4:53 left in the game.
"To be fair, [William Monroe] had a lot of opportunities that didn't go in, as well, but it'd be nice to get lucky a few times," said Rams coach Joel Ross. "A lot of credit also goes to their keeper; he made quite a few athletic saves."
The Rams seemed poised to head into halftime with the 1-0 deficit, but a quick outburst by the Dragons netted two goals in the final three minutes of the half to extend the lead to 3-0.
Weisenborn scored his second goal from 15 yards out with 2:30 remaining in the half, and Ramos shook a pair of Strasburg defenders in the penalty area before scoring from seven yards out with less than two minutes left.
"That was huge. I think mentally, for us, that gave us a boost," Dragons coach Isaac Hutchinson said. "We've talked about finishing the half, finishing the game, and we haven't done that very well in our first two games, so that was nice to see."
Weisenborn got the Dragons going in the second half as he took a pass from teammate Nicholas Evans from just inside the penalty area before sending the ball by Henry to put the Dragons up 4-0 with 27:40 to play.
Weisenborn struck again with five minutes remaining as he sent his fourth and final goal into the right corner of the net to give William Monroe a commanding 5-0 lead.
"[William Monroe] was a better team than I had anticipated," Ross said. "They were a strong team. That's the story of our lives, playing a lot of strong teams and see how well we come out."