“We played really well and the boys played extremely hard and gave it their all. Aside for two pretty solid goals I think we gave them a good match,” said FCHS head coach Earl Gibson.
Western’s go-ahead goal came in the 38th minute of the first half off of a perfectly placed corner
kick. The Warriors maintained consistent ball control throughout the entire first half but were kept at bay by a solid defensive effort by Fluvanna. Key saves by senior goalkeeper Jake Bachman keep WAHS off of the scoreboard for a while, but it only delayed the inevitable.
“He held very strong of the defensive end,” said Gibson. “The biggest positive I saw was the
ability to dig in and play hard throughout the entire match.”
Fluvanna hit a spurt of offense early in the second half. The Flucos had back-to-back shots on
goal that nearly tied up the match. Senior Quinn Johnson had a shot bounce off of the inside of the crossbar. It was the closest Fluvanna would come to getting on the scoreboard during the game.
“Defensively we played really well,” said Bachman post-game. “We came out strong and played
really well in the second half.”
A Grant Tolber goal for Western Albemarle in the 68th minute locked up the 2-0 victory for the
Warriors to extend the lead in the Jefferson District standings.
“Western’s a great team and they came in hot, so there are a lot of positives to take away from
hanging with them tonight,” said Bachman.
The key for the Warriors throughout the entire game was ball control. WAHS smothered the
Flucos anytime they crossed midfield with the ball and kept the ball in the Fluvanna zone for a majority of the game.
“Offensively we just couldn’t get it going tonight,” said senior Brad Bullock. “Western is a bit
better team than we are fundamentally and they came out more prepared than us.”
FCHS (5-3-1) next faces Louisa on the road on April 29. In their previous matchup, the Flucos
edged out the Lions in a 2-1 victory.