Soccer teams aim to continue success during short sports week

Local high schools will have a short sports week as Easter weekend approaches, but a few boys soccer teams are aiming to stay hot over the next four days.

Both Central’s and Sherando’s boys soccer squads bring winning streaks into the new week, while Strasburg’s boys are off to a rare 3-1 start and looking for more victories as most of the area’s athletic teams will play two games this week.

Central, which has won four straight, plays just once this week when it hosts struggling Warren County on Thursday evening. The Falcons have outscored opponents 24-1 during their winning streak, while the Wildcats are still searching for their first win while being shut out over their last three matches. But Central head coach Ted Poor said last week he’s cautioned his team against underestimating any team in the Bull Run District.

“It’s a good district and there’s competition on any given day. One team can surprise you and knock the other one off,” Poor said. “That’s what I’ve been preaching to the boys is take one game at a time and just keep the focus.”

Sherando head coach Pat Anderson said he’s relayed a similar message to his Warriors, who have now won six straight after a 6-1 win over Turner Ashby on Saturday. Sherando (6-1) will host a pair of Conference 21 West rivals in Millbrook (4-2-2) and James Wood on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

“Just being mentally ready every game. That’s the biggest thing because it is a long season,” said Anderson, who added that the spring season brings off-field distractions such as prom and college applications that many players have to deal with.

“It’s just like all these little things that come into play in the springtime. I think just the team chemistry and the bonding aspect of these guys (will be important).”

Strasburg, an 8-0 winner over Warren County last week, will try to extend one of its best starts in program history with a home match against William Monroe on Tuesday and a road trip to Madison County Thursday.

Skyline (3-2), another team enjoying one of its better starts, hosts John Handley on Tuesday.

Stonewall Jackson, another struggling program, will try to pick up its second win of the spring with matches against East Rockingham (home) and Buffalo Gap (away) on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

Baseball

Skyline has been one of the most successful local teams on the diamond so far this spring, and the Hawks (6-1) will look to extend its three-game winning streak at home against Central – which is coming off a big win at Clarke County – today. Skyline, which also hosts Handley on Tuesday, won the its first meeting with Central, 7-4, in the season opener on March 20.

Strasburg (6-2), coming off a 6-3 win over Warren County last Friday for its fourth win in the last five games, will remain in Bull Run District play this week with a road game at William Monroe (Tuesday) and a home matchup with Madison County (Thursday).

Stonewall Jackson (5-3) has lost three of its last five but picked up a win over Wilson Memorial last week and will try to build on that with Shenandoah District games against East Rockingham (home) and Buffalo Gap (away) on Tuesday and Thursday.

Warren County (3-3) will look to rebound from two consecutive losses with a road game at Madison County on Tuesday before hosting Central (3-5) to close out its week.

Sherando (8-3) has cooled off since opening the season 7-0 and faces a tough matchup Tuesday at home against rival Millbrook (6-2) in what should be a contest between two of the top teams in Conference 21 West.

Softball

Central (4-3) and Skyline (5-2) will square off today in a rematch of their marathon season opener in which the Hawks emerged a 4-0 victor in 15 innings. Skyline, which has lost two straight, will follow with a game against Handley on Tuesday, while Central will travel to Warren County – which has won three straight after starting 0-3 – on Thursday.

Sherando (8-4) was swept by Turner Ashby in a doubleheader over the weekend and will aim to get back on track Tuesday against Millbrook before an important conference matchup with James Wood on Thursday.

Strasburg (3-5) takes on William Monroe and Madison County this week, while Stonewall Jackson will try for its first win against East Rock and Buffalo Gap.

Girls soccer

Skyline is off to a 4-1 start and returns to action for the first time in over a week with a road game at Handley on Tuesday.

Central (3-2) had its three-match win streak snapped against Clarke County last week but will have a chance to rebound against winless Warren County on Thursday.

Strasburg, 2-2 after a win over the Wildcats, takes on William Monroe and Madison County this week. Stonewall Jackson gets a shot at its second victory beginning with a match at home against East Rockingham on Tuesday.

Sherando (3-3-1) will try to put together consecutive wins for the first time this spring with a match at Millbrook on Tuesday.

Tennis

Central and Skyline will face off to begin the week’s tennis action today, with the boys playing in Front Royal and the girls in Woodstock. Central’s girls will turn right around and host Stonewall Jackson on Tuesday.

Sherando’s girls, who have opened the season with eight straight wins, will travel to Millbrook on Tuesday in a key Conference 21 West match. The Pioneers entered today’s home match against Harrisonburg 7-0. The Warriors’ boys will host Millbrook the same day.

Stonewall Jackson’s girls, who have lost three straight after opening the season 3-0, will host Page County on Wednesday in Shenandoah District action. The Generals beat the Panthers 5-4 in their season opener.

Track and field

The lack of festivities over the upcoming holiday weekend will limit the track and field action this week to just a trio of small midweek meets scheduled for Wednesday.

In the only competition featuring two local teams, Strasburg will host Warren County and William Monroe in a Bull Run District tri-meet. Central will travel to Rappahannock County for another Bull Run tri that also features Madison County, while Stonewall Jackson will travel to Luray in Shenandoah District action against the Bulldogs and Stuarts Draft.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com

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