Sherando earns program’s 200th win

STEPHENS CITY — Sherando girls soccer reached a special milestone on Wednesday night.

With its 4-0 Northwestern District victory over Skyline, Sherando recorded its 200th victory in its 23-year program history.

“I’m just proud of every girl that’s ever played in this program,” Sherando coach Rob Kilmer said. “… There’s been a lot of talent that’s come through here.”

Skyline (3-3, 0-1 Northwestern) started off the game strong, controlling play most of the first 10 minutes. The Warriors started to turn things around over the next 10 minutes, before finally scoring with 21 minutes left in the opening half.

Sherando’s Alexa Fairis scored a goal past Skyline goalkeeper Jordan Heberle on an assist from Olivia Elliott, who finished the game with three assists.

Just 10 minutes later, Sherando freshman Sydney Hunter scored on an assist from Elliott.

“It was just stellar,” Hunter said. “I was just going to the goal and I beat out this girl and then it was just me and the keeper. And I remember my coach always says keep the ball low and hard. So that’s what I did.”

Skyline coach Kristy Beaune said her team did not play as well for the second part of the first half.

“We did good for the first 20 (minutes), until they scored that first goal,” Beaune said. “Then we kind of went flat for the next 20.”

Sherando (3-2-1, 1-0 Northwestern) extended the lead to 3-0 on a goal by Megan Triplett on another assist from Olivia Elliott with four minutes left in the first half.

The Warriors scored quickly to start the second half. Sherando’s Rhi Moore scored on an assist from Dreaya Somerville for a 4-0 lead with 38 minutes left in the game.

“They played as a group. They played as a team,” Kilmer said. “We finally got some girls back from injury. So it’s good to see. They played organized. I’m pleased with the girls in the back. In six games that’s four shutouts.”

After giving up some shots in the first 10 minutes of the game, Sherando’s defense held Skyline to only five shots the rest of the way.

One of the benefactors to Sherando’s defense was freshman goalkeeper Kara Hendren, who was playing in her first varsity game. She’s been out all season with a dislocated knee.

“It was a little nerve wracking, but I’m glad to be out here, and just helping the team win and contributing,” Hendren said. “It’s definitely a new experience playing my first game with a new team, but I really like that way everyone plays together. … I’m just glad to be back out playing with the team and helping them win.”

Despite the loss, Beaune said she was pleased with how her team played against Sherando.

“I was prouder of the second half. They’re doing much better on their aggressiveness and intensity,” Beaune said. “… We had 60 good minutes. We didn’t put a full effort in, but we did play 60 full minutes, which was good. I feel like we’ve progressed. We’ve gotten better.”

The Warriors have been battling a lot of injuries this season but are starting to get healthier. The players were happy with how they played in the win over Skyline and positive about what the team can do moving forward.

“We needed a win today, so hopefully we can keep the momentum,” Hunter said.

“We kept up our intensity the whole game, and we really played well as a team,” Hendren said. “The ball was moving, and we were able to put the ball in the net. When we needed to we could clear the ball. Everyone was really playing well together, all at the same time.”

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