By Tommy Keeler Jr.
FRONT ROYAL -- When it comes to direct kicks, Skyline coach Chris Holloway has plenty of confidence in senior Dusty Weir. On Friday, Weir showed exactly why.
Weir scored on a direct kick to help the Hawks to a 3-2 non-district boys soccer win over Page County.
"He's got the leg," Holloway said of Weir. "He can put it in from about anywhere."
Weir's direct kick came with about 17 minutes left in the first half, and give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.
"I've gotten used to seeing those slots, and seeing the goalie come out and see where he's going to be," Weir said. "And so to drop it right in that corner is something we've always practiced. It comes second nature to me."
The Hawks (1-1) took the lead on a goal by David Ramirez-Guzman in the 12th minute. Holloway said Ramirez-Guzman only played about eight minutes due to a knee injury that's been bothering him.
Page County's Nick Clark tied the game at 1-1 on a header off a corner kick in the 19th minute.
Weir extended the lead to 3-1 with a goal off an assist from Evan Pavlicek with 13 minutes left in the game.
"It couldn't have happened without the assist of Evan [Pavlicek]," Weir said. "It was just a perfect through ball. Other than that it was just a matter of keeping your head down, and keeping it low and to the side. I saw the goalie was kind of towards me, so I just hit off to the left side."
The Panthers cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal by Nick Foltz with 2:57 left in the contest.
Page County had a couple late chances to tie the game. Bradley Dovel's shot was deflected in the final seconds, and he collided with Skyline's Dyllan Gillespy near the goal. Injury time was called as Dovel had to be carried off the field.
That gave the Panthers one last corner kick, but they couldn't do anything with it and the final horn sounded. Holloway said he was a little concerned going into the final corner kick.
"They scored their first goal on a corner kick, and that last corner you never know what will happen," Holloway said. "I hate corner kicks."
Weir said the win was a good one, and he was very happy with how everyone played together.
"I'm very confident about the rest of the season," Weir said. "Not necessarily in wins or losses or the score, but as playing as a team we're going to be stronger than we ever have."
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