Singleton leads Generals past Bulldogs on senior night
QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson’s Brittany Singleton picked the perfect time to score her first career header – the last regular season game of her high school career.
The senior, playing on senior night, helped lead the Generals to a 3-0 Shenandoah District girls soccer victory over Luray on Tuesday.
“Heading has always been my favorite. So it meant a lot to me to go out on a header goal,” Singleton said. “I’ve been waiting all season long. I don’t think I’ve scored a header in my high school career yet, so in order to get that in my last regular season game ever was an incredible feeling.”
The Bulldogs (5-9-1) controlled possession for the first 10 minutes of the game, but then the Generals began to take over.
With about 21 minutes left in the first half, Stonewall Jackson sophomore LuLu Funkhouser hit a corner kick, which Singleton was able to head into the net to take a 1-0 lead.
“All of them are super close, and it’s just whether someone can get a touch on it,” Funkhouser said. “This one she got a head on it, which is fabulous. That was great.”
The Generals (12-4) added to the lead with about three minutes left in the first half. Funkhouser scored on an assist from Singleton for a 2-0 lead.
“(Stonewall Jackson coach) Hap (Kwiatkowski) had just pulled me out and told me about composition and how I need to look up before I shot,” Funkhouser said. “So I got the ball. I looked up and saw where the goalie was, and I (shot) to the outside right corner.”
J.J. Dellinger capped off the scoring with a goal with about 26 minutes left in the game. Funkhouser took a shot that hit off the crossbar, and bounced to Dellinger who then shot the ball into the net for a 3-0 lead.
It was a special night for the three Stonewall Jackson seniors – Singleton, Kelsey Kokkonen and Kinsey Wilk.
“I think we played really good,” Kokkonen said. “We had fun, which helps when we’re all working together and were just clicking. It really makes the game easier. So it was a good senior night. We shut out Luray. It was fun.
“… I’m just so glad to finish out the season with Kinsey and Brittany. I’ve played soccer at Stonewall with Brittany all the years. Kinsey, this was her first year, but she was a nice addition to our team. I loved having both of them.”
It was the seventh shutout of the season for the Generals. Wilk, one of the defenders, said the defenders have worked well together this season.
“It’s been pretty solid on defense,” Wilk said. “We had some (players switch positions) at the beginning of the season, but we’ve got a solid back line and that’s really helping.”
Stonewall Jackson goalkeeper Reganne Brinkley had a solid game in goal, and made a save on a penalty kick by Luray’s Lydia Fox with about four minutes left in the game.
The Generals finished in second in the Shenandoah District and will play in the Conference 35 tournament next week. The quarterfinals are on Monday.
The players feel like they have a chance to win a few games in the postseason this year. Last year they lost in the Conference 35 semifinals.
“I feel like in past years we’ve also had that opportunity, but in past years we haven’t been as much of a unit of one,” Singleton said. “… This year we work together more and we just click better.”
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