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Generals fall to Rappahannock on penalty kicks in state quarterfinals

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson’s Class 1 state quarterfinal with Rappahannock came down to penalty kicks.

Rappahannock beat  the Generals, 2-1, (3-2 on penalty kicks) to advance to the  state semifinals.

“We did not play our style of soccer,” Stonewall Jackson coach Matt Burgwald said. “The opponent was good but we allowed them way too many chances than what should have happened.”

The game could not be decided through regulation, two five-minute overtime periods and one sudden-death 10-minute overtime period. Five players from each team get one penalty kick during the penalty kick session. In the penalty kicks, Rappahannock’s William Hillman scored first past Stonewall Jackson goalkeeper Blake McCourt. McCourt took the first penalty shot for the Generals and Rappahannock goalkeeper Joshua Stanley made a save.

McCourt then made a save on a kick by Edward Headley to keep the score 1-0 in penalty kicks. Stonewall Jackson’s Juan Arrocena-Jacuinde scored on the next penalty kick to tie it. Rappahannock’s Benjamin Martinez then scored to put the Raiders back up by one. Stonewall Jackson’s Carlos Romero-Hernandez had his shot saved on a dive from Stanley.

After a miss by Rappahannock’s Alexys Martinez, Stonewall Jackson’s Devin Hall scored to tie it with one player each remaining. Rappahannock’s Jonathan Maupin made his shot, but Stonewall Jackson’s Angel Arteaga-Loorenzo missed over the top of the goal to end the game.

The Generals (13-9-1) struck early in regulation against the Raiders. Stonewall Jackson scored on a corner kick. Arrocena-Jacuinde took the corner kick,  bounced it around right to Pedro Ramirez Barron who put it in past Stanley for a 1-0 lead just eight minutes into the game.

Just five minutes later the Generals added to their lead. Stonewall Jackson’s Miller took a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced to David Arteaga-Loorenzo who was able to send it past Stanley for a 2-0 lead.

The Raiders cut the lead to 2-1 as Martinez scored on a penalty kick past Stonewall Jackson goalkeeper Blake McCourt with 15 minutes left.

In the second half, Rappahannock controlled the action. The Generals had only two shots in the first 30 minutes of the second half.

“We should have done a little bit more as far as hanging onto the ball and playing our game,” Burgwald said.

McCourt stretched to make a nice save on a shot by Hillman with 10 minutes left.

With six minutes left, Rappahannock’s Lawrence Reed made a pass in the air to Headley who headed the ball past McCourt to tie the game.

Stanley stretched to make a big save on a shot by David Arteaga-Loorenzo just a few minutes later.

The two teams played two five-minute overtimes first. The two teams were pretty even in the two five-minute overtimes with both teams having scoring opportunities.

McCourt jumped up and made another strong save in the first minute of the first of the two five-minute overtimes. Stanley made a diving save on a shot by David Arteaga Loorenzo in the final seconds of the same overtime period.

In the second of the two five-minute overtime periods, Arrocena-Jacuinde just missed over the top of the crossbar in the final minute.

The two teams then went to a sudden death 10-minute overtime period. Stonewall Jackson was able to possess the ball a little more than Rappahannock, but couldn’t score. In the first five minutes of the 10-minute overtime period, Stonewall Jackson’s Romero-Hernandez took a shot with about five minutes left, but Stanley made a diving save to keep the game going.

Rappahannock (16-2-1) lost in the Region 1A final to Middlesex High School on penalty kicks last week.

Rappahannock will play Riverheads, a 3-1 winner over Middlesex on Tuesday, in the state semifinals Friday at Radford University at 10 a.m.

Burgwald said that he was very proud of the season the Generals had after they struggled to win many games last season.

“One game doesn’t define a season,” Burgwald said. “And our Stonewall team made it further than any other local team – we’re proud of that. We’re proud of the grit that they’ve had. And I’m proud of the fact that we’ve gone from a really poor few seasons to managing to recover and actually play in the state quarterfinal and being a region winner.”

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