Funkhouser lifts Stonewall Jackson overtime win

QUICKSBURG — Stonewall Jackson has had trouble finishing all season. On Thursday night, the Generals were able to finish twice and it was enough.

Freshman LuLu Funkhouser scored both goals to lift the Generals to a 2-1 overtime win over Buffalo Gap in Shenandoah District girls soccer action.

“It’s amazing. It’s unreal. I can’t even process it,” Funkhouser said of the team’s first victory of the season.

With about two minutes left in the second of two five-minute overtimes, Funkhouser took a pass from teammate Emily Jordan, dribbled, made a move around a player, and then sent a shot past Buffalo Gap keeper Camille Ashby for a 2-1 lead.

“It was unbelievable,” Funkhouser said. “It was a beautiful pass from Emily, and I’m just glad that I was able to finish.”

Like most of the season, the Generals struggled in the first half on scoring opportunities. They controlled possession, but simply couldn’t score.

“We get a little out of control and play kick ball sometimes, but we were able get that under control more as the game went on,” Jordan said. “[At halftime], we just talked about playing quicker and making passes to feet. We just have to play quicker and I think we were able to do that.”

Funkhouser, who has scored all four goals for Stonewall Jackson this year, gave the Generals a 1-0 lead with about 25 minutes left in regulation. She sent a ball from about 15 yards out over top of Ashby’s head for the lead.

Buffalo Gap (2-2-1, 2-2-1 Shenandoah) scored on a goal by Eve Redifer with about 15 minutes left in regulation.

Stonewall Jackson assistant coach Brittany Durrette said she was pleased with how the defense played.

“They’re doing a much better job of communicating,” Durrette said. “We have been switching keepers, but this game we kept the same keeper. Our other keeper actually helps on defense, too. I think that lineup is better for the whole team.”

The Generals (1-4, 1-3 Shenandoah) have had a tough schedule so far this year, but Jordan said this win may help get the confidence up the rest of the way.

“We just started out our season with the good teams in the beginning,” Jordan said. “I think we can definitely move forward after this win.”

The Generals, who have only played five games, play at Riverheads on Friday.

The Generals have a mix of seniors and youth, with five seniors and four freshmen on the 14-player squad.

Funkhouser said that she believes the team can have a very good season this year.

“We can very far if we just work together, make quick passes,” Funkhouser said. “We just need to work as a team better. Other than that, we’re doing good.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com