Falcons lose another close game at home

WOODSTOCK — A penalty kick decided a Friday night Bull Run District boys soccer game, much to the consternation of Central coach Ted Poor.

It was not such much that the Falcons were called for the penalty or that the kick, necessarily, decided the game.

It was just that for the fourth time this season, Poor saw his team drop a district soccer decision by one tally. This time it was 2-1 to William Monroe on the Falcons’ home pitch.

“This is the fourth time we’ve lost this season (Central is 4-4 in the BRD, 4-4 overall) and each time we’ve lost by a goal. That’s a pretty close margin of error,” Poor said. “Each game has been by one.”

Central had lost previously to William Monroe, George Mason and Manassas Park all by a lone goal.

Alec Yost delivered the penalty kick in the 64th minute to put the Dragons (8-1, 8-1) ahead by two. The first goal came in the first half in the 19th minute on a breakaway by the Dragons’ Zach Wright.

Junior midfielder Korey Wolford delivered the Falcons’ only goal in the 69th minute to make it 2-1, but the home team could draw no closer.

Each of these teams entered their district match smarting from a previous loss.

William Monroe had been undefeated on a seven-game winning streak when it ran into Bull Run District leader George Mason (7-0, 7-0 as of Friday night) and lost by the score of 5-0. That happened on Wednesday, and Monroe coach Matthew Dunn thought it might have caught the Dragons’ attention.

“We lost a tough one to George Mason and then we got home late after the game,” said Dunn. “So we only had one day to get ready for this one. I thought we responded well.”

Meanwhile, Central, which had nonetheless won three of its last four matches, had been edged by Manassas Park 1-0. That happened more than a week ago, but represented the Falcons’ only play until Friday.

“Frankly, I thought we controlled the first 15 or 20 minutes, but they scored a goal and, in soccer, things can change quickly,” Poor said.

Wright’s goal came on a break-away when only he was left to beat Central goalkeeper Dean Woodwell. With a slight hip move, he caught the defender slightly off-balance and boomed the ball into the goal.

Yost earned the penalty shot after he and a Central player jostled for a loose ball. He stood on the penalty mark and drilled the goal for an insurance score.

Wolford’s goal represented the forward’s second score of the season. As a team, Central has had 11 different players score what amounts to 17 goals.

Tyler Bosserman, Elmer Lopez, Ben Truban, Eric Ventura, Ivan Alvarado and Eri Dominguez have been a part of that statistic, but William Monroe checked each one closely in the showdown between members of Conference 28.

Even after Wolford’s score, Central had one more chance to tie when captain Ventura chased after a ball and dribbled it about 20 yards toward the Monroe goalkeeper, sending the ball just wide.

“We continue to play good defense and have won some close games. This is one we let get away, but I would say the way we started, we had a good chance to win,” said Poor.

The Falcons outshot their visitors, 8-7. Truban took two shots on goal to lead the hosts, while Wright produced the first William Monroe goal and an assist.

William Monroe takes the two-game series, having nipped Central in Stanardsville 1-0 to open the season.