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Off and running: Balanced Generals open postseason in style

Stonewall Jackson’s Hope Madaris and East Rockingham’s Anna Liskey collide during Friday’s game. Rich Cooley/Daily

Stonewall Jackson’s Taylor Koontz works to gain control of the ball from East Rockingham‘s Kayce Croy during Friday’s Shenandoah District tournament quarterfinal game in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

By Dennis Atwood - sports@nvdaily.com

QUICKSBURG -- The No. 3 seed Stonewall Jackson Generals girls soccer team cruised to a 4-0 win over the No. 6 seed East Rockingham Eagles in the quarterfinal round of the Shenandoah District tournament Friday evening.

The Generals' goals, all on Eagles keeper Tiarra Smith, were scored by four different players.

In the first half, the tallies were footed by sophomore middle Allison Singleton, in the seventh minute, and senior forward Christina Chroniger, with less than two minutes remaining, on an assist -- nearly a goal itself -- from junior forward/middle Taylor Koontz.

In the second half, Koontz scored from 16 yards out from the middle in the 52nd minute, one of six shots she launched in the contest.

The final goal was netted by Marira Romero Cardoso, from left forward, in the 75th minute.
Koontz covered a lot of territory, with crafty possessions and accurate passes on offense and several take-aways and breakups on defense.

"I feel like [the match] was awesome," Koontz said. "It was good to play our game. We kept possession most of the game.

"[Regarding defense] we have a new formation, so I have to either play up or play back, so I've gotten used to going back and helping out there, too."

Stonewall Jackson (7-6-2) was on offense for at least 90 percent of the match, and got away 25 shots (15 on goal), while East Rockingham (2-13) managed only four shots (two on goal).

It was the fifth shutout of the season for Generals goalie Rhea Jett, a junior.

Stonewall Jackson coach Chris Livesay had brought up JVs sophomore Isabelle Sherman, and freshmen Amber Gonzalez and Carlie Livesay, for the last two regular season games. Those three, plus substitutes Ally Hepner, Mackinley Wiencek, Amanda Miller and Emma Proctor, were inserted as a group for 10 consecutive minutes in the first half and were mixed in for considerable playing time in the second 40 minutes.

"The plan today was to do a big {substitution] in the first half and then, in the second half, mix them in with the varsity players," Livesay said. "They played really good.

"I wanted to see how they reacted to playing with the varsity in the first half. That group [of seven] worked together in practice.

"In the second half, I broke 'em up and subbed one at a time, here and there. That way I could see how they transitioned with the varsity players, which they did quite well. I was very pleased. It was a great way to kick off the postseason."

The Generals will play in a semifinal match on Monday, at a location and against an opponent to be determined. Stuarts Draft and Wilson Memorial both finished the regular season with 11-1 records, and split their head-to-head matches.

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