Falcons slip past Wildcats in girls soccer

Central's Sydney Crosser and Warren's Cheyanna Muhlert chase the ball in stride during first half girls soccer action Tuesday night in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily


WOODSTOCK — Over the last two years Central has struggled with Warren County in girls soccer. On Tuesday night, the Falcons were able to pick up a victory.

Central knocked off the Wildcats, 2-0, in Bull Run District action.

Last year the Falcons and Wildcats tied in one of their games, and Warren County won the other contest. Earlier this season, the two teams settled for a 1-1 tie.

“It’s always really tough. We always match-up pretty evenly when we play them,” Central senior Sydney Crosser said. “So for us it was a really big deal to put the ball in the net.”

Both teams struggled offensively early in the game. Neither team could muster a shot in the first seven minutes.

Central's Bianca Hernandez and Warren's Rachel Breeden go after a loose ball during first half girls soccer action Tuesday night in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

Central junior Ciara Philpott scored on a corner kick with 16 minutes left in the first half, when the ball was misplayed by the Warren County defense and went in.

“(Philpott) took the corner kick and they tried to block it out, and they just went the wrong way with it,” Central coach Kim Dellinger said.

Warren County (2-10-1, 2-9-1 Bull Run) had one of its best chances of the night just six minutes later. Warren County junior Shauna Sayers’ shot hit the top of the post and bounced away.

Crosser gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead just one minute into the second half. Warren County goalkeeper Hannh Peck missed the ball as she was trying to kick it away form the goal, and Crosser was there to put in the wide open goal.

“Whenever the ball is put to the goalie we’re just always told to follow up,” Crosser said. “So I was just trying to do my job of following up and capitalize on the opportunities given to me. And when she missed the ball, I knew that it was my time to poke it in.”

Central's Lauren Cook, center, splits Warren County defenders Kayleigh Hite, left, and Kaley Foulks, right, during first half girls soccer action Tuesday night in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

The Falcons (9-4-1, 7-4-1 Bull Run) dominated the second half, but weren’t able to score.

Warren County was without six players due to injury. Warren County coach Mike Carpenter said that he was happy with how his players responded.

“Considering we’re down quite a few players to injuries I thought we played really well,” Carpenter said. “A couple mistakes here and there — that was the game. Defensively, I thought that they were working well together with the marks, players were playing well together.”

Carpenter said he was very happy with the play of sophomore defender Kaley Foulks.

The Wildcats begin Conference 28 play next week, and Carpenter said that he just wants his team to be playing well for the tournament.

Central's Ciara Philpott, center, controls the ball as Warren County's Shauna Sayers, left, and Kayleigh Hite, right, defend during first half girls soccer action Tuesday night in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

“Girls are stepping up and are playing hard,” Carpenter said. “As a coach that’s all you can ask for is for them to play together and fight hard every game.”

The Falcons have a lot back from last year’s team, and Crosser said that their experience has really helped them out this season.

“We know each other really well,” Crosser said. “We’ve played travel ball for so many years together. So it’s really good knowing you can count on people being where they have to be.”

The Falcons have struggled on offense at times this season, and Dellinger said he’s been trying a new strategy on offense, and it’s taking time for the players to learn it.

“We just started it this past week and we’re trying to get everything back together and to understand it,” Dellinger said. “And it’s just taken a little while for them to get it together but it’s coming.”

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

Warren County's Shauna Sayers controls the ball as Central's Bianca Hernandez defends during first half girls soccer action Tuesday night in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily