Central defense shuts out Strasburg

STRASBURG – Central girls soccer defender Lisedt Raynoso said that defense is at the heart of everything the Falcons do.

“Well, we practice it a lot in practice and then we carry it over to the games,” the junior said Friday night. “In truth, it’s at the heart of what we do.”

Raynoso, her veteran defensive line and freshman goalkeeper Kendall Herbaugh held Strasburg to just nine shots on goal in a 4-0 cross-county victory at the Rams’ football stadium.

The Rams got good defensive protection too from sophomore keeper Kaitlyn Sherman, who moved in the starting lineup midway through the first half.

Strasburg coach Katherine Klus moved regular goal tender Haley Bischoff from out beyond goal to take advantage of the athletic veteran’s ability. And though Bischoff got her set of shots in, the Falcons (4-4-1 overall, 1-2 Conference 35 and 2-4-1 in the Bull Run District) thwarted the overall Ram defense.

Meanwhile, the Rams are 0-9 overall, -44 in the conference and 0-7 in the Bull Run District.

Tight checking on both ends marked the first half as the Falcons and Rams played aggressive, man-to-man defense. At times, team members aimed shots at each other’s shins, not on purpose but as a course of play

More times than not, Centrals girls were right on top of each of the Rams as they tried shots and passes.

The Falcons attempted 20 shots on goal while the Ram goalkeepers thwarted 13 shots on goal. Sherman, who was on the junior varsity team until two games ago, finished with 11 saves.

“She’s just getting her feet wet,” said Klaus. “We moved here in there to see if we could get one of our better players in the field.”

Central’s Lauren Cook started the scoring for Central with a goal in the 15th minute for the 1-0 lead. Freshman Alexis Halterman then rolled in a goal against an unguarded box defender and the score was 2-0 in the 27th minute. Sydney Cross completed Central’s scoring with a goal to make it 3-0 at the half.

Kaelyn Cary completed the scoring for the night with the Falcons’ fourth goal in the 67th minute.

Said Central coach Kim Dellinger, “We have some good experience back there on defense. We’ve changed some things around to take advantage of our speed and for now, it’s working.”