Eagles prevail over Rams in OT
STRASBURG — Strasburg and Clarke County have had some really competitive boys soccer matches over the last few years and the trend continued on Friday night.
The Eagles scored in the final minute of overtime to walk away with a 2-1 Bull Run District victory over the Rams. It was Clarke County’s first win of the season.
“It was huge for us,” Clarke County coach Scott House said. “We just kept fighting and fighting and we kept working hard. I kept telling them hard work means everything. If they keep it up, the wins will come along. And they never gave up. It was a complete win tonight I told them there was no single outstanding player. They played as a team tonight and that means a lot.”
Clarke County’s Charles Moore scored from about 15 yards out with about 20 seconds left in the second of the two five-minute overtime periods for the game-winner. House said Moore wasn’t feeling well and didn’t play a lot, but came through when the team needed it.
“It was a beautiful goal,” House said. “He come from the outside and lifted it over the keeper. When you have a good shot like that — that was special.”
“It was a good left-footed long shot. It was tough,” Strasburg assistant coach Kyle May said. “One of our players lost the ball in the middle, and he just took the opportunity to shoot and he scored.”
May was filling in as head coach for Joel Ross, who was out of town.
The Rams had controlled things for much of the overtime, but couldn’t put it all together and score.
Strasburg (2-4-1) was playing without a few of its players, which May said hurt them in the second half as players began getting tired.
Strasburg’s Adam Bodge gave the Rams a 1-0 lead with about 21 minutes left in the first half.
“Our goal came from a play where one of our players Jaz [Frye] took the ball from deep in the midfield and took it past a few players,” May said. “We were able to pin them down. The ball was played in and Adam Bodge volleyed it in.”
Strasburg controlled possession for much of the first half, but things changed in the second half.
House said the Eagles (1-5-1) were able to open a few driving lanes for the center midfielders and they also played more aggressively on defense, especially inside the 18.
Clarke County’s Keaton Leta scored with 14 minutes left in regulation to tie the game.
“Not having some of our players there kind of left our bench a little depleted,” May said. “Players had to play in positions they don’t normally play and that resulted in legs being a little heavy. Because of that first touches were off, and that resulted in us having to kick the ball to no one and we just lost our ability to connect and possess the ball on the ground.
” … Players started getting pulled out of position.”
Clarke County has had a solid tradition over the years, but has only one senior on the team this year. House said the young team is coming along and this win should help boost their confidence.
“I talked quite a bit to them about what that [tradition] means and getting back to that winning ways and that tradition that’s over there,” House said. “They have to make it their own. They’ve got to put their stamp on it now, and make it what they want. I think this really showed, this match, how much they did want it.”
Strasburg is enjoying one of its best starts in school history, and the Rams also have a very young team. The Rams started only two seniors against the Eagles.
May said that the team is getting better and better each day.
“This has been a better Strasburg team. This team is not done. They’re capable of more and they will be,” May said. “Things we’ve been working on in practice, has been showing in the games much more than we did in previous seasons. We do have a young group that are in the starting lineup, and they are getting better and we are going to be a very good team.”
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