Magalis, Elliott shine for Warriors in victory

STEPHENS CITY — Erin Magalis and Olivia Elliott helped lead Sherando to a resounding 5-0 victory over Frederick County rival James Wood on Thursday night in one of the most lopsided matches in the more than 20-year history of girls soccer between these Northwestern District opponents.

Magalis, who came into the match with four goals in her team’s 2-1 Northwestern District, 5-4 overall season, knocked in a pair of big shots out of just four attempts and, likewise, teammate Elliott enjoyed five shots on goal and a pair of scores.

Each one had an assist feeding the other.

Sherando’s Melida Berrios scored a fifth goal.

“This had to be one of the best performances by a Sherando team in a long time,” Sherando coach Rob Kilmer said. “We played as well as we have in a while.”

“I wasn’t really aware of the score until we got to the end. But we put a lot of balls in the air and when you control the air you control the score,” said Magalis. “I thought we could do this because we had worked so hard to get here.”

Both teams — members of Conference 21 — took circuitous routes to get to the intersection of this rivalry at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Warriors had lost three of their last four, including a visit to state power Loudoun County on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Colonels (4-4 overall, 2-2 Northwestern District) had won three consecutive matches.

After polishing off Park View and Handley on the road, the Colonels came home last Tuesday to jolt Dominion.

But there was no doubting which team controlled this match after a light rain had fallen during the junior varsity action, but stopped once James Wood and Sherando collided on the varsity pitch.

“It’s always good to win against a rival,” said Magalis, a senior.

Magalis connected on the first goal of the game in the 25th minute of the first half for the 1-0 lead. Then Elliott followed in the 33rd minute. Off a pass from Magalis, she sent the ball in for a 2-0 lead.

“My first goal was a long kick. When the ‘keeper came out to trap it, I just sent it by her,” said Magalis.

“Erin gave me a good ball, and I just put it in,” Elliott said of her first goal.

Ahead by two tallies at intermission, Sherando had taken 18 shots on goal with two scores.

Meanwhile, James Wood got off five without luck.

Both teams started the second half flatly, but Berrios plucked a goal off a free kick by Taylor Fogarty for the 3-0 advantage some 21 minutes into the half.

That started another Sherando barrage, as Magalis sent in her second goal in the 31st minute of the second half and Elliott followed with an 18-foot shot for goal in the 34th minute to round out the assault.

Sherando’s Audra Sites led the team with seven shots on goal. She was followed by Berrios’ six attempts, Elliott’s five tries and Magalis’ four.

In all, the Warriors had 23 shots on goal. James Wood tried 11 shots.

“A giant factor in the game was Dreaya Somerville, who checked Alex Sanford. We put a freshman, Lauren Heskett and junior Alex Snapp, back there on defense and they both did a great job on Neary Casebolt. She’s great,” said Kilmer.

Casebolt, the Colonels’ leading scorer, had six goals entering the game, but was held to only two shots.

“We were just a composed team throughout. I thought we played great,” Kilmer said.