FERRUM — Cosby’s Titans made two trips to Franklin County during the 2019 girls soccer season and faced the Eagles at two different venues.
Cosby proved to be gigantic at both locales.
The Titans followed up a 3-0 shut-out, regular-season victory at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field with a 5-1 post-season triumph at Ferrum College’s W.B. Adams Stadium in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 Region B girls soccer tournament.
Cosby, the No. 5 seed in the eight-team, single-elimination tournament, is a year removed from a Class 6 state tournament appearance and will earn a return trip to that event if it wins in Tuesday’s semifinals against James River-Midlothian.
Cosby (8-5-2) took a three-match winning streak into that contest.
For the second straight year, the Titans have ended an Eagles’ girls soccer campaign. A year ago, they bested FCHS in the regional semifinals to claim their state tournament berth.
This year, the Titans built a 4-0 lead, an advantage they held at intermission over the No. 4 seed Eagles.
The spread reached five goals before the Eagles avoided the shutout by finding the back of the net when a shot by Amber Altice ricocheted off the Titans’ goalkeeper.
Altice, a senior, has made a non-binding verbal commitment to continue her soccer career in the fall at NCAA Division III Emory & Henry College.
Five players, each with one goal, accounted for Cosby’s scoring.
FCHS goalkeeper Hannah Rice finished the match with 12 saves.
Rice, a senior, has made a non-binding verbal commitment to continue her soccer career this fall at NCAA Division III Greensboro (North Carolina) College.
The loss brings to an end one of FCHS’s best campaigns in program history.
The Eagles (15-4-1) started the season 0-3-1 before winning 15 consecutive matches with the last of those victories coming in the finals of the Piedmont District girls soccer tournament, 3-0 over Bassett.
During the winning streak, the Eagles won 13 matches by shutout and surrendered only two goals: one each to Bassett and Lord Botetourt.
During the winning streak, FCHS outscored its opposition 93-2.
FCHS was outscored 7-1 during its 0-3-1 start.
Next spring, FCHS makes its debut in the Blue Ridge District. This season, FCHS faced one opponent from its new league: Lord Botetourt.
The Eagles and the Cavaliers split home-and-home matches with Lord Botetourt winning 1-0 on the road and FCHS winning 2-1 on the road.
Thomas Dale ends Eagles boys season 5-1
CHESTERFIELD — Top-seed Thomas Dale defeated No. 8 seed Franklin County, 5-1, in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 Region B boys soccer tournament to bring an end to the Eagles’ 2019 season.
Thomas Dale advanced to Tuesday’s tournament semifinals with the win.
FCHS finishes its season with consecutive losses and a 7-10-2 record.
Jacob Dudley, netted the Eagles’ lone goal when he converted his fifth penalty kick of the season.
Dudley, a senior, has made a non-binding verbal commitment to continue his soccer career at NCAA Division III Christopher Newport University, which competes in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC)
Dudley is a three-year varsity player.