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Generals win regional boys soccer title

Stonewall's Carlos Romero-Hernandez heads the ball as Riverheads' Jackson Shover defends during the Region 1B Championship game Friday afternoon in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson had lost twice to Riverheads during the regular season, but on Friday the Generals wasted no time in showing the Gladiators things would be different in their third meeting.

Stonewall Jackson scored several early goals and cruised to a 6-2 victory over Riverheads in the Region 1B boys soccer final.

“We didn’t want to lose this game,” Stonewall Jackson senior Juan Arrocena-Jacuinde said. “We knew what we had to do. We wanted to come out strong, don’t let any mistakes in through and we proved ourselves and we won today.”

Stonewall Jackson senior Carlos Romero-Hernandez scored the Generals’ first four goals of the game.

On Romero-Hernandez’s first goal, he followed up his own missed shot and put it past Riverheads’ goalkeeper Dillon Annese for a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the game.

Stonewall's Devin Miller heads the ball during first half action of the Region 1B Championship game Friday afternoon in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

Romero-Hernandez scored again six minutes later for a 2-0 advantage. Annese came out of the goal to try to make a stop, but Romero-Hernandez made a move past him and shot into the empty net.

“Carlos did a fantastic job, there’s no question,” Stonewall Jackson coach Matt Burgwald said. “But a striker can’t score if his teammates don’t get him the ball. So it’s still a team effort. He did a fantastic job. Yes, he did what he was supposed to do. However, so did everybody else behind him.”

Romero-Hernandez scored again with seven minutes left in the first half on an assist from David Arteaga Loorenzo, and again two minutes later for a 4-0 lead.

Romero-Hernandez said his teammates played a big role in his scoring.

“They did a really good job getting passes exactly where I want, and that’s why we (won),” he said.

Stonewall's David Arteaga Loorenzo, center, and Devin Miller, right, try to squeeze in a goal as Riverheads' Jackson Shover tries to break up the attempt during the second half of the Region 1B Championship game Friday afternoon in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

The Gladiators cut the lead in half in a span of nine minutes. Riverheads senior Joshua Akinwumi scored on a penalty kick with less than two minutes left in the first half. Akinwumi added another goal with 33 minutes left in the game to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Generals responded with a goal by Arteaga Loorenzo with 24 minutes left in the game. Arrecona-Jacuinde added another goal two minutes later to seal the victory.

Riverheads beat Stonewall Jackson, 4-2, on March 26 and, 2-1, on April 26 during the regular season. Arrecona-Jacuinde said the Generals were motivated to change the outcome Friday and show how much they’ve improved.

“When we last played them we weren’t doing so great against them,” he said. “And it shows how much we’ve improved and how much we’ve done just to get here.”

The Generals struggled to win games the last few seasons and now will host Rappahannock High School in the Class 1 state quarterfinals on Tuesday. Burgwald said he’s very proud of what his team has accomplished this season.

Stonewall's Juan Arrocena-Jacuinde and Riverhead's Graeson Tyree collide during second half action of the Region 1B soccer championship game Friday afternoon in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

“This regional championship is important for Shenandoah County,” Burgwald said. “It’s important to show that a program that won two or three games last year has the opportunity to turn it around. And with grit, determination and a lot of hard work, the kids came out and did what they were supposed to do.”

Stonewall's Pedro Ramirez Barron gets off a quick kick while Riverheads' Abenezer Knight looks on during the second half of the Region 1B Championship game Friday afternoon in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

Stonewall's David Arteaga Loorenzo, left, and Carlos Romero-Hernandez embrace after Romero-Hernandez scored a goal during the first half of the Region 1B Championship game last week in Quicksburg. The Generals host Rappahannock today in the Class 1 state quarterfinals. Rich Cooley/Daily

Stonewall's Angel Arteaga Loorenzo takes a shot at the goal while Riverheads' Joseph Tyree defends during the second half of the Region 1B Championship game Friday afternoon in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

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