Four Falcons score goals in win over Eagles

WOODSTOCK – Central’s boys soccer team built momentum earlier this week with a close loss on the road to defending Group 2A state champion George Mason. The Falcons kept it rolling Friday night at home against Clarke County.

The Falcons received goals from four different players against the Eagles on a chilly night, scoring early in both halves en route to a 4-1 Bull Run District win.

“We had a really great game down at Mason and I told the boys that that was the blueprint for the season,” Falcons head coach Ted Poor said. “They can win a lot of games if they play like that. I think we started out playing quite well in the beginning [against Clarke County], good ball movement, spreading them out and went up 2-0.”

Central (2-2) struck quickly against the Eagles on Friday night, as senior midfielder Franklin Hernandez scored his first goal of the season on a corner kick in the fourth minute.

Hernandez fired the ball low from the corner as it curled past a teammate near the left post and struck diving Clarke County goalkeeper Seth Mayo in the stomach. The momentum from Mayo’s dive pushed the ball into the net.

“My coach told me to drive it so it could hit someone,” Hernandez said. “I did what he told me and I guess I got the goal. I was surprised because it’s hard to score like that, but I was pretty amazed about it.

“Our last few games we’ve been scoring really late,” he added, “and [Friday] we scored really early, which built our team confidence and we started playing really well.”

The Falcons went up 2-0 in the 16th minute when sophomore Ivan Alvarado fielded a cross pass from teammate Jose Flores in stride near the top left corner of the penalty box and punched a shot into the right side of the goal.

Clarke County (0-3-1), playing its third match in four days, answered three minutes later with a goal to cut the Falcons’ lead in half. Eagles junior Ian Dors launched a long free kick into the box and the ball found its way to junior Christian Plummer off a deflection, and Plummer chipped the ball out of the air, over Central keeper Dean Woodwell and into the net.

Central had dominated ball possession up until the Eagles’ goal midway through the first half, and the teams controlled the ball more evenly throughout the rest of the half as the Falcons took a 2-1 lead into the break.

“They got that goal and you could just see us kind of go back on our heels,” Poor said. “And you try to change that, but they worked hard at it and they held them off. We talked at halftime and said look, you’ve got the game, just move the ball around and get them back on top, and I think they did in the second half.”

The Falcons took the momentum right back at the start of the second half with a goal in the 44th minute. Central junior Elmer Lopez launched a long shot that was blocked by Mayo (seven saves), but the Clarke County keeper couldn’t control the ball as it bounced off his chest. Central junior Tyler Bosserman was there to gather the rebound and poked the ball into the open net to give the Falcons a 3-1 lead.

“I just try to follow every time just in case something like that happens,” Bosserman said. “I was just able to execute on that one.

“Coach said that if we came out and got one early that would really put them on their heels. That’s what I just tried to do.”

Central senior William Armstrong capped the night’s scoring when he chipped a shot into net in the 70th minute after fielding the ball off a deflection following a throw-in by teammate Julian Higgs.

The Falcons finished the match with a 20 to 7 advantage in shots.

“One of the things that we’ve tried to do this year is shore up the defense because, as I said to the boys, last year we were bleeding goals,” Poor said. “This year we’re working not to do that. I’m pleased with that. I would’ve loved to have had a clean sheet, but Clarke’s a good team and they deserved to get one.”

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com