By Tommy Keeler Jr.
QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson got exactly what it needed on Tuesday night -- a win and a chance to have a little fun.
The Generals snapped a four-match losing streak as they beat Luray 8-0 in Shenandoah District boys soccer action. The game was stopped with 20 minutes left in the second half due to the mercy rule.
"We definitely have been struggling a little bit early this season, so it was definitely nice to get this game," Stonewall Jackson coach Caleb Golladay said. "We knew that Luray had been struggling a little bit. We also play Page County [on Thursday], so we're hoping to take care of both of these games this week. It was a good game. A good fight from Luray."
Stonewall Jackson had six different players score, including a hat trick by junior Adam Goodier. Golladay also moved players around to different positions to get more players in and give them a chance to score. Golladay even moved defender Nathan Jones into goal, and moved goalkeeper Ryan Zerkel to give him some opportunities to score.
The players had fun filling different roles, and Golladay said it was a nice game for his team.
"They need games like this to kind of get under their belts a little bit, and kind of get used to each other and just start playing with each other and have a little more fun," Golladay said. "The past couple games have been down and it's been hard struggles -- they don't have too much fun. It's not fun to lose. To just to be able to come out here and have a little more fun than they usually do is something that I'm glad they were able to do."
It was the first career hat trick for Goodier, who scored all of his goals in the first half.
"All of the goals pretty much came from teammates' assists, so I really didn't have to do that much after they hit it," Goodier said. "But it feels good to get three goals."
"I was glad to see that," Golladay said of Goodier's hat trick. "He's definitely come out of his skin a little bit these past two games. He played forward against Millbrook last week and he played well. He definitely didn't stop, so I kind of wanted to kind of reward him with that and stuck him up top during Luray."
The Generals (4-4, 4-2 Shenandoah) also had goals from Roberto Cardoso Jr., Eduardo Ortega, Jones, Eric Arnesen and Leo Galindez. Jonas Jacuinde had two assists and Pedro Jacuinde and Arnesen each had one assist.
Stonewall Jackson led 7-0 at the half and controlled the possession throughout.
The Generals are hoping a win like this can spark something for the remainder of the season.
"It's definitely nice to get a win -- slaughter rule -- because it gives everybody more confidence," Goodier said. "And we can move the momentum to the next game."
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