Generals get close win over Wilson
QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson sophomore Lulu Funkhouser scored the winning goal in Friday night’s girls soccer match against Wilson Memorial, helping the Generals edge out the Green Hornets 3-2.
Must of the scoring happened in the game’s first seven minutes, before the teams spent the rest of the first half checking each other out, prodding and probing the opposition defense to see what they could find.
Funkhouser scored her first of two goals to send the Generals (3-2) ahead 1-0. Then quick goals by Green Hornets Bailey Cullen and Shelby Slayton put the visitors ahead 2-1 at the half.
Stonewall Jackson coach Hap Kwiatkowski said in the first half the Generals used wings like Funkhouser, Kokkonen, Susannah Garber, J.J. Dellinger, Virginia Biller and Brittany Singleton to put pressure on the Hornets’ wings.
With the team spread like that and trailing 2-1, Kwiatkowski changed his strategy. With the wings spread, he wanted his girls to move the ball to the middle.
“From there,” said senior Kokkonen, “we formed triangles to keep the ball away from them and move it down the middle of the field.”
The strategy worked. Dellinger scored in the 47th minute and then Funkhouser found the game-winner on a break-away in which she lost the defense and outwitted Wilson goalkeeper Jade Coffey.
Coffey was shaken up on the game-tying goal and Funkhouser returned to the field to make sure the Hornet keep was OK.
Said Kokkonen, “Usually they’re one of the toughest teams we play, so this was a big win for us.”
It was the second straight year Stonewall beat Wilson Memorial at home.