River’s Travis Sisson (17) tries to control the ball against Radford.
Photo by Bryant Altizer

The James River boys soccer team improved to 8-3 with two soccer wins over Three Rivers District foes in the past week. The Knights beat Radford last Wednesday, 6-1, then shut out Floyd County on Monday, 5-0.

The win over Radford marked the first time the Knights have ever swept the season series from the Bobcats. Ben Woody had two goals and two assists, Jacob Wagner had two goals and an assist, Tyler Whiting had a goal and two assists and Tristan Flood had a goal. Brad Stephenson also had an assist.

“We came together with focus and drive that I know these guys have and it showed,” said coach Jared Whiting. “Radford is a strong team with lots of talent and a great coaching staff but we simply overpowered them with sound technical soccer.”

On Monday at home Wagner had two goals, Ben Woody had a goal and two assists, Flood had a goal and an assist and Tyler Whiting had a goal as River dominated Floyd. The defense stayed strong, only allowing two shots for the night and goalie Tyler Meadows handled them without a problem.

“We maintained our shape, our communication was strong and our energy level was high,” said Whiting. “The midfield controlled patiently and fed nicely, and the offense put some quality shots on frame. Our last two games have been fun to watch.”

The Knights are scheduled to host Auburn on Thursday in another Three Rivers match.

“We are really settling into a more precise game, which should help us fare well in the playoffs,” said Whiting. “We know where we have to improve and we know we have to stay consistent. And our consistency will be the key.”