Eagles reach goals in victory

FRONT ROYAL — Clarke County girls soccer coach Larry Hart says he is not a big stats guy, but obviously he pays attention to the final score.

“The goals we set for ourselves are to allow an average of less than one goal per game and score more than two,” the Eagles’ head coach said Thursday night.

His Eagles (13-2-1) had just claimed a sweep of Warren County as both Bull Run District teams concluded their regular seasons.

Clarke County scorers Hannah Ravenscroft and Emily Deem took care of Hart’s first goal and Eagles goalkeeper Jessie Ambrosio and an alert Clarke County back line were good for the second part of the coach’s hope. Clarke beat Warren, 6-1.

The Eagles begin the Bull Run District tournament at home as the second seed; meanwhile, the Wildcats will host Madison County in the same league event on the same day.

Clarke and Warren play in different conferences.

“Well, I was happy we played hard and did well on defense in the second half,” said Warren County coach Mike Carpenter. “That gives us something to build on.”

The team of Ravenscroft and Deem teamed together for five goals in the first half. The junior Ravenscroft tallied a hat trick for the third time this season, while Deem tucked away two goals before the Wildcats hammered in their first.

Deem scored in the ninth and 15th minutes, while Ravenscroft scored in the 20th minute to make it 3-0. Her second goal made it 4-0 in the 27th minute, and finally she scored with two minutes left in the first half. It was a 5-0 whitewash to that point.

Rachel Skube produced Warren County’s only goal in the 67th minute. Earlier, Skube, a sophomore, had two excellent whacks at goals in back-to-back fashion. But her first attempt in the first half was just off, and the rebound she re-kicked hit the crossbar seconds letter when she attempted to send it back in.

Clarke has only lost two games this season, both to Bull Run District leader George Mason, and Deem said the second seed is something her team has worked on.

“We worked for it, so we’ll get the first two [Bull Run District tournament] games at home. That’s good. We sacrificed to get there,” said Deem.

“We have players with really, really fast feet. I’m pleased with the number of goals we got, even though we got a little stale in the second half,” said Hart.

Clarke County freshman Danielle Toone scored the final goal of the night. Her score in the 70th minute set the final score.

Warren’s Rachel Liebl had five stops and junior Claire Morrow played well on defense.

“After that first half, we played well together as a team,” said Carpenter.