By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK -- For a half Central put up a strong fight with William Monroe, but in the second half the Green Dragons took over.
They exploded for five goals en route to a 7-0 victory over the Falcons in Bull Run District action on Monday night.
William Monroe coach John Burks said a change in strategy really helped his team out.
"In the first half we really packed it in," Burks said. "In the second half I told them to spread it out, and make them have to spread it out with us. I think our speed on the outside really took over."
The Green Dragons had opportunities in the first half. They scored the first goal off a direct kick. The ball hit off the top crossbar and William Monroe's Hannah Kengerski was there to tap it in just three minutes into the game.
William Monroe's Courtney Sigloh then scored the next goal with 25:38 left in the first half. It came on a header off a corner kick.
The Green Dragons missed a couple shots off the crossbar throughout the rest of the half, and controlled possession throughout.
Things started slowly in the second half as there was only one shot taken in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
William Monroe (8-4-1) finally extended the lead with 29:10 left in the game as freshman Rachel DeMasters scored on a penalty kick for a 3-0 lead.
However, the highlight of the game for DeMasters was getting five assists, which tied a Virginia High School League record. It was the second time this year that DeMasters had five assists in a game.
"She was really trying to get another assist there at the end and break the record," Burks said.
Central coach Hap Kwiatkowski knows that record well as his daughter, Betsy, also has that mark, which she set for Stonewall Jackson in 2006.
"[DeMasters] is really good for them," Kwiatkowski said. "William Monroe's a really tough team. The last time we played them at their place they were actually up 4-0 at the half. So I was happy with the first half tonight."
The Green Dragons added a goal by Kinsey McInturff on a header off a corner kick with 26 minutes left. DeMasters, who finished with two goals and five assists, Sigloh and Kengerski each added another goal.
The win locked up the third seed for the Green Dragons in the upcoming Bull Run District tournament. Central (4-9-2, 3-8-2 Bull Run) could be anywhere from the No. 5-8 seed in the tournament.
The Falcons, who did not have a shot on goal, were playing without leading scorer Carlie Pool, who is out sick.
It was Senior Night for the Falcons, and Kwiatkowski said it's been a pleasure to coach seniors Hannah Stephens, Allison Eye, Pool, Ive Kline and Chelsea Pizzuto.
"They've been great. There's been no drama this year," Kwiatkowski said. "They've really pulled the team together. They've went paint balling together and the team really enjoyed that. They've had team meals. They've been a really nice group of five seniors."
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