Motivated Generals rout Page County
QUICKSBURG – There’s nothing like some ice cream to bring a little motivation.
Stonewall Jackson girls soccer coach Hap Kwiatkowski told his team at halftime he would buy them all ice cream if they were able to mercy rule Page County. The Generals promptly served up goal after goal en route to a 10-0 Shenandoah District victory over the Panthers and will get to enjoy their favorite flavors of ice cream after the dominant second half.
“That just honestly motivates us,” Stonewall Jackson senior Emily Jordan said. “We just wanted to come out here and get everything over with — finish the game strong.”
The Generals led 3-0 over the Panthers (0-9, 0-7 Shenandoah) at the half when the bet was made. Jordan said the Generals also won a bet last week for ice cream.
Stonewall Jackson scored five goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half on its first five shots.
“That really motivates us and I don’t know why, but I wish we would work as a team like that all the time,” Stonewall Jackson freshman LuLu Funkhouser said. “It shows what we can do, and I’m proud of us. We just need to do that next week.”
Funkhouser and Jordan led the way in both halves. They each scored two goals, one at the start of each half and their teammates followed.
The Generals (3-5, 3-4 Shenandoah) had eight different players score in the victory.
“We did try to make sure at the end of the game everybody who scored had not scored yet, or probably most likely won’t score later in the season because their defenders or something like that,” Stonewall Jackson assistant coach Brittany Durrette said. “We did try to switch that up a lot. I think they did have fun, and that’s the main reason for most of these games.”
Stonewall Jackson goalie Reganne Brinkley even played in the forward position some in the second half to try to score, while the 5-foot-1 Jordan was back in the goalie box.
“It was nice to get everybody involved and different people scoring,” Jordan said. “It just brings us closer as a team and gives us more confidence to move forward.”
Funkhouser and Jordan finished with two goals and two assists each, while Ally Hepner had a goal and three assists. Maria Becerra-Flores, Brittany Singleton, Sue Garber, J.J. Dellinger and Amber Gonzalez each scored a goal for the Generals.
The Generals dominated time of possession throughout the game.
Stonewall Jackson had been struggling with finishing, but showed no signs of that against Page County.
After a slow start to the season the Generals have now won three of their last four games, and are starting to find their stride. Funkhouser said the team needs to build off the win.
“I hope we take this and we learn from experience,” Funkhouser said. “We passed great one-touch passes. We just need to move a little faster now.”
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