FERRUM — Franklin County’s boys and girls varsity soccer teams showcased their ability to play shut-out defense as the expense of Piedmont District foes Patrick County and George Washington-Danville in postseason tournament quarterfinal-round matches Monday at W.B. Adams Stadium.
FCHS’s girls (13-3-1) extended their winning streak to 13 matches by routing the Cougars 12-0, seeded No. 8 in an eight-team tournament field.
During their winning streak, the Eagles have yielded just one goal — to non-district rival Lord Botetourt.
The Eagles, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, have 12 Piedmont District shutouts to their credit heading into today’s semifinals at the Smith River Sports Complex.
FCHS has not lost a district match since entering the league in the spring of 2014. In its final year of Piedmont District competition, FCHS seeks to reach the finals of the postseason tournament for the third time.
Monday, coach Moe Potter’s club netted five goals in the first half and seven during an abbreviated second stanza.
The Eagles and the Bengals, FCHS’s most noted district nemesis, have played to three ties during the Eagles’ six-year term in the district.
The two rivals were scheduled to play in last year’s tournament finals, but the contest was postponed because of inclement weather and later cancelled.
The Eagles won the 2014 district championship by defeating Patrick County in the finals at Dan Greene Memorial Stadium in Martinsville.
FCHS plays either No. 4 seed Halifax County or No. 5 seed Tunstall in today’s semifinals.
Franklin County boys blank GW Danville in quarterfinals
FERRUM — Propelled by four, first-half goals, Franklin County’s boys varsity soccer team, the No. 2 seed, blanked No. 7 seed George Washington-Danville, 6-0, in the quarterfinals of the Piedmont District boys soccer tournament.
FCHS (7-8-2), which defeated Danville twice during the regular season, faces No. 3 seed Magna Vista, a 3-2 winner over No. 6 seed Bassett in four overtimes in today’s semifinals.
The match between the Warriors and the Bengals lasted 100 minutes: 80 of regulation play, two, mandatory, five-minute overtimes and two,five-minute extra period of sudden-victory play.
Had the match remained tied, it would have gone to a penalty-kick shootout.
FCHS and Magna Vista split their two regular-season matches with each team winning at home by shutout.
Against Danville, five of FCHS’s goals were produced by an assist.
Gavin Beckner netted two goals — one in each half — courtesy of assists that were distributed by Stefan Knott and Christian Escobar.
Escobar tallied the only goal FCHS would need 25 seconds into the match. He used a Woodrow Turbyfill assist to dissect the back of Danville’s net.
FCHS netted its four, first-half goals in the opening 15 minutes.
Turbyfill made the count 2-0 at 12:30 after taking an assist from Frederick Wilson and Beckner scored his first goal 30 seconds later.
At the 13-minute mark, senior Jacob Dudley converted his fourth penalty kick in FCHS’s last four matches to enhance the spread to 4-0.
Dudley has not missed a penalty kick during his three-year varsity career.
Beckner scored at the 57 minute mark and Graham Law finished the scoring at 79 minutes courtesy of a Beckner assist.
Chris Moorman collected eight saves in goal for FCHS.
The Eagles are seeking to reach the tournament’s championship match for the third time.
In 2014, FCHS fell to Martinsville in the finals at Dan Greene Memorial Stadium. Last year, the Eagles were slated to play Bassett for the title, but the match was postponed because of inclement weather and later cancelled.
Former head coach Curtis Bumgardner was at the Eagles’ helm in 2014 and current sideline boss Bradley Lang was his assistant.
PENALTY KICKS: FCHS boys team finished regular-season play with a 1-0 victory over Bassett last Thursday, 1-0, at Ed Bassett Stadium. Dudley converted a penalty kick for the match’s lone goal.
FCHS’s girls squad shut out Bassett, 5-0, in its regular-season finale at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.
The Eagles tallied three goals in the first half and two after intermission.
Amber Altice netted three goals, while Ashlee Jordan tallied two and Erica-Blake Sellars scored one.
Three of FCHS’s goals were produced by an assist. Altice, Ryane Cronk and Olivia Blankenship distributed those assists.
PENALTY KICKS II: Bassett scored the match’s lone goal in the closing minute of regulation play for a 1-0 Piedmont District victory over FCHS’s boys junior varsity squad at Ed Bassett Stadium.
The Bengals are responsible for both of the Eagles’ two district setbacks this season.
FCHS, led by head coach Brian McClung, finishes its 2019 season with an 8-2 district mark and an 11-5 overall record.
Next spring, the Eagles make their debut in the Blue Ridge District.