River’s River Clonch (2) and LB’s Jacob Booth (15) jockey for position in front of the goal.
Photos by Jim & Regina Devinney

The Lord Botetourt boys soccer team swept the season series with county rival James River last week when the Cavs took a 3-0 win in Daleville. The Cavs had also won the game in Springwood, 4-0, in March.

“James River kept us honest and forced us to be accountable defensively and made us work offensively,” said LB coach Tim Wright.

Blake Myers, Corey Hackett and Trey Rice had goals for LB and Myers also had an assist. Bryan Sanchez needed just two saves in goal for the Cavs.

LB also defeated Rockbridge on Friday in Lexington, 2-0, to improve to 7-1 on the season. Hackett and Rice scored again and Sanchez notched his fifth shutout of the season.

“Both wins last week were not simply handed to us,” said Wright. “In my five seasons coaching at LB, our schedule has always proven to be extremely competitive.  I think this is a good thing as competition is what ultimately sharpens us.”

River played at Floyd County on Thursday and bounced back with a 4-1 win. The Knights are 6-2 on the season with both losses to LB.

“We pulled out a win but I can’t say it was pretty,” said coach Jared Whiting. “A win is a win, though, and we’ll take it. We had some outstanding effort but across the board we were not that solid technically. I guess it was just one of those games.”

The game was tied at 1-1 at the half but River regrouped at intermission and came out strong in the second half. Ben Woody had a three-goal hat trick and Jacob Hill scored a goal and had two assists.

River’s game with Auburn on Monday was rained out and rescheduled for May 15. The Knights are scheduled to host Giles on Thursday.

LB was scheduled to host Staunton River on Tuesday with a trip to Northside coming up on Friday.