Generals’ offense comes to life in overtime
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
QUICKSBURG — Stonewall Jackson struggled to score in the second half Tuesday night, but when it counted the most the Generals came through.
The Generals erupted for three goals in the two five-minute overtime session to pull out a 5-2 Shenandoah District girls soccer victory over Luray.
“I think we knew we just needed to pick the intensity up,” Stonewall Jackson junior Emily Jordan said.
Jordan played a big role in the win with four goals for the Generals.
With the game tied 2-2 in overtime, Ali Singleton scored with less than two minutes left in the first five minutes of overtime.
“It was a beautiful pass from my sister, Brittany,” Singleton said. “I was just in the right place at the right time.”
Stonewall Jackson (2-6, 2-4 Shenandoah) took the momentum and ran with it. Jordan scored on a breakaway with 4:28 left in the second overtime session.
“Brittany [Singleton] and I have a lot of speed and we like to use that to our advantage,” Jordan said of her goal.
Just 14 seconds later Jordan scored again to give the Generals a 5-2 lead.
The four goals are a career high for Jordan.
“Emily really took us on her shoulders tonight,” Stonewall Jackson coach Derek Hartwig said. “She did an awesome job.”
Jordan said her and Brittany Singleton have a strong connection out on the pitch.
“She always knows where to find me,” Jordan said. “We work well together.”
The Generals took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jordan in the first half, but the Bulldogs (0-7-1, 0-6 Shenandoah) responded to tie the game at 1-1.
Jordan scored again to take a 2-1 lead, but once again Luray answered with a goal to tie the game 2-2 at the half.
“We came out and played really well in the first 20 minutes, and then I think we started to get a little tired,” Hartwig said. “The sun was out in that first half, and it was beating down on us.”
The Generals had 23 shots, and Brittany Singleton had two assists for Stonewall Jackson.
Jordan said the short game was a key for the Generals.
“When we used shorter passes it works better for us,” Jordan said.
The Generals have a young squad with only five seniors, and lost a lot to graduation. Even though they haven’t won as many games as they would have liked, they are confident they can turn the season around.
“We have a lot of ability on this team,” Ali Singleton said. “Hopefully, from this point on we can put everything together.”
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