Game #1 - Western's opening game was a home contest against Nelson County
High School. Western won 13-0 against an overmatched Nelson County team that has
only recently fielded a JV squad. Jade Felton started the scoring in the second
minute of play with the assist coming from Liz Nuesch. Jess Abrams got the next goal eight
minutes later after receiving a pass in the box from Hannah Pace and tapping it into
the net. Three minutes after that Jade Felton notched her second goal with the
assist coming from Courtnee Bateman. With fifteen minutes left in the half Briana
Guertler scored an unassisted goal after moving up to the forward position. Becca
Clugston scored on a high shot from 25 yards out with two minutes left in the half.
With time running out in the first half the prettiest goal of the game was scored
when Courtnee Bateman took the ball down the right sideline and sent a cross
into the box that Amelia Sitler one-touched into the net. Early in the second half
Amelia Sitler scored again on a cross as Hannah Pace picked up her second assist
of the game. With eight minutes gone in the half Hannah Pace scored a goal with
the assist coming from Liz Nuesch and Jenni Pack. At the halfway point Becca
Clugston got her second goal of the night. Three minutes later Courtnee Bateman put
the ball in the back of the goal. With seven minutes left in the game Jess Abrams
got her second goal of the night with the assist coming from Liza Dunsmore. Two
minutes later Amelia Sitler completed her hat trick with her third goal with Briana
Guertler providing the assist. The last goal came with just over three minutes left
in the game as Jess Abrams completed her hat trick as Liza Dunsmore picked up her
second assist of the evening.
Game #2 - Western lost its first game 2-1 in an away game in Richmond against
Collegiate School. Collegiate got off to a good start by dominating ball possession
and continually pushed the ball into Western's defensive half of the field.
Collegiate got the first goal of the game twelve minutes into the game. They
took a hard low shot from just outside the penalty box that was blocked by Jordan
Maupin and then tapped the rebound into the empty net. Just four minutes later a
loose ball in the penalty box created a mad scamble for possession by both teams
and finally Collegiate was able to put a foot on the ball and send it into the net.
Collegiate kept the pressure on the entire first half. Briana Guertler and Hannah
Pace provided some great defensive play to enable Western to survive the half with
the score 2-0. Western finally got on the board with a goal eleven minutes into
the second half. Kim Gibson sent a long pass from her defender position to Briana
Guertler who had moved up to the forward position. Briana collected the ball about
five yards beyond the center line and started a fourty yeard sprint towards the
goal. As she reached the penalty box she beat the onrushing keeper to the ball and
slipped the ball past the keeper into the goal. Western generated a couple of goal
scoring chances in the second half, but were unable to finish. Western played tough
defense to keep Collegiate out of the goal in the second half despite continued
pressure. Hannah Pace played a great game as she continually came back into the
defensive end of the field to stay with one of Collegiate's fastest players and she
still was able to get upfield to get into the attack whenever possible.
Game #3 - Western picked up its second win of the season with a 7-1 victory at
Nelson County High School. Neither team was able to generate any sustained attacks
on the goal in the first half and both teams had a difficult time connecting on
their passes. With sixteen minutes left in the half Western was finally able to put
the ball in the goal. Becca Clugston made a throw-in into the penalty box that Liz
Nuesch settled and Liz sent a short pass to Briana Guertler who put the ball past
the keeper just inside the near post. The first half ended with the score 1-0.
Western got on the board immediately in the second half. Western took the opening
kick and sent a ball wide to Briana Guertler who dribbled down the left side, turned
towards the goal and passed the ball in front of the goal where Amelia Sitler put
a hard shot into the back of the goal. Fifteen minutes into the half Briana and
Amelia again teamed up for another goal with Amelia gathering a cross from Briana
and slipping it past the keeper. Just three minutes later Amelia Sitler completed
her second hat trick of the season when she gained possession of a loose ball about
twenty-five yards out from the goal, took a few soft touches and put a shot into
the left corner of the goal. Nelson County came back two minutes later with its
only goal of the game. Nelson's midfield played a ball past Western's defense to
its forward who collected the ball and sent a high shot into the corner of the
goal. With eleven minutes left in the game Briana Guertler picked up her third
assist of the game sending a cross into the box that Courtnee Bateman put into the
goal. With just two minutes left in the game Western got its prettiest goal of the
night. Western's midfielders put together several nice passes and finally got the
ball to Liz Nuesch on the left side who sent a nice cross to the far post.
Courtnee Bateman was in the correct spot and calmly redirected the pass by the
keeper. One minute later Liz Nuesch got the final goal of the game when she finally
connected on one of her many chances with the assist coming from Hannah Pace.
Game #4 - Western lost its second game of the season 3-0 in a home contest
against cross town rival Albemarle High School. Albemarle set the tone of the game
early by beating Western to the ball and using its speed on the wings to create
numerous scoring chances. Albemarle scored off of a corner kick seven minutes into
the game. With fourteen minutes left to play in the half Albemarle took the ball
down along the right sideline and scored on a long high shot from twenty-five yards
out. Four minutes later Albemarle got its third goal of the half with a short shot
from directly in front of the goal. Western was able to generate a little bit of
offense in the second half. Western's best scoring opportunity came off of a Becca
Clugston corner kick that Liza Dunsmore was able to get her head on but was saved by
Albemarle's goalkeeper right on the goal line.
Game #5 - Western played its first Jefferson District game in a home contest
against Monticello High School. Monticello won the game by a score of 1-0. In the
first half Western did a great job of possessing the ball, taking balls out of the
air, winning the 50/50 balls, and keeping the ball in their offensive half of the
field. Western had twelve shots on goal and Monticello had none as the half ended.
In the second half Western continued to play well but could only produce four more
shots on goal. With thirteen minutes left in the game Monticello got a breakaway
right up the middle of the field and scored after eluding Tara Merkel chasing from
behind and Jordan Maupin coming out from goal.
Game #6 - Western evened its record at 3-3-0 with a 7-0 victory at William
Monroe High School. Liz Nuesch got the first goal of the game with the assist coming
from Jade Felton. Briana Guertler scored next after receiving a throw-in from Kim
Gibson. Brianna got her second goal of the night and the final goal of the first
half when she scored an unassisted goal. Jade Felton started the scoring in the
second half after receiving a corner kick from Becca Clugston. Kate Kauffman got
her first goal of the season on an unassisted goal. Jesse Abrams got Western on the
board again with the assist coming from Kate Kauffman. The final goal of the night
was set up from a corner kick by Becca Clugstonn that Kate Kauffman put into the
back of the net for her second goal of the night. Western totally dominated the game
and totaled thirty-three shots on goal to none for William Monroe.
Game #7 - Western picked up an important district win when it traveled to
Monticello High School and came away with a 2-0 victory. Both teams were able to
produce some scoring opportunities early in the first half. Kate McCanna had
several saves in the first twenty minutes of play as Monticello was able to get
some shots on goal. With just over six minutes left in the first half Becca Clugston
took a corner kick for Western that Liz Nuesch settled directly in front of the
goal and put the ball just inside the right post for the only goal of the first
half. Halfway through the second half Western's Liza Dunsmore received a short ball
from another corner kick from Becca and Liza put her far post shot into the net.
Western was able to keep Monticello from scoring with some good goalkeeper play
by Jordan Maupin. Late in the game Monticello had two potential breakaways right
up the middle of the field and both times Kaitlin Ellwood was able to run down
their attacker and deny the scoring opportunity.
Game #8 - Western got a hard earned 2-1 victory in an away contest against a
bigger and stronger team from Orange County High School. Western got down a goal
early in the game as Orange was able to put a high shot into the net for the only
goal of the first half. Both teams were able to create good scoring opportunities
in the first half with Orange taking eight shots on goal and Western tallied nine
shots on goal. Western finally got on the board halfway through the scond half when
Liz Nuesch was able to create some space against a much larger defender. Liz settled
a pass from Briana Guertler shielded off the defender and put the left footed shot
just inside the post. Western got the game winning goal with just over four minutes
left in the game. Briana Guertler took a throw-in from Amelia Sitler and put the ball
past the keeper for the final goal of the game. Orange put intense pressure on the
Western defense througout the second half and particularly in the last six minutes
of the game. Some aggressive goalkeeping play by Jordan Maupin and smart tough
play by Western's defenders were able to keep Orange from getting another goal.
Orange outshot Western in the second half by getting eleven shots on goal to nine
Game #9 - Western won a home contest 2-1 over Fluvanna County High School.
Western scored just one minute into the game. Western got the ball into Fluvanna's
penalty box where several players including Briana Guertler, Jess Abrams, and Liz
Nuesch got off shots that were blocked by the Fluvanna defenders. Finally Liz Nuesch
got off another attempt that found its way through the defense and into the goal.
Just over four minutes later Liz got her second goal of the night. Jess Abrams sent
a pass from her left wing spot into the corner of the penaly box where Liz Nuesch
one-touched the ball a few feet towards the goal and put a nice chip shot over the
keeper into the top left corner. Fluvanna picked up their intensity and began
beating Western to most of the 50/50 balls as the half continued. With just under
ten minutes left in the half Fluvanna got an attacker free near the middle of the
field and she was able to slip a shot past Kate McCanna who came up near the edge
of the penalty box to contest the shot. Both teams had a few more scoring chances
as the first half concluded but were unable to score. The second half was scoreless
for both teams as Fluvanna's pressure prevented Western from maintaining control of
the ball. Fluvanna and Western both made keeper changes in the second half and
Fluvanna's keeper was very aggressive in coming out of the net and stopped the
few scoring opportunities Western was able to generate.
Game #10 - Western won a home contest 11-0 over William Monroe High School.
The scoring started quickly as Western got its first goal in the first minute of
play. Briana Guertler dribbled the ball towards the goal and took a hard left-footed
shot that the keeper was unable to control. Liz Nuesch was following the shot and put
the rebound in the net. Thirty seconds later Briana Guertler scored on a breakaway
after receiving a nice pass from Jade Felton that was sent right through a seam in
the defense. Seven minutes later Briana and Jade teamed up again as Jade found
Briana wide open in the left side of the penalty box and Briana one-touched the
pass into the goal with another nice left-footed shot. With seven minutes left in
the half Briana completed her hat trick after receiving a nice through ball from
Becca Clugston and took the ball right up the middle of the field and slipped the
low shot past the keeper. Three minutes later Becca Clugston scored an unassisted
goal on a hard high shot from twenty-five yards out after dribbling the ball from
the left side of the field to the middle. Amelia Sitler finished up the scoring in
the first half by putting a hard shot into the net after receiving a pass from
Liz Nuesch right in front on the goal. Kate McCanna started the scoring in the
second half. Nine minutes into the half Kate collected a pass from Jess Abrams in
the middle of the field and after a few quick touches sent the ball into the back
of the net. Two minutes later Becca Clugston took a corner kick that Jenni Pack
settled and dropped a pass back to a wide open Jade Felton who finished off the
play with a goal. With fourteen minutes left in the game Kate McCanna got her second
goal of the night as she one-touched a pass from Hannah Pace from the end line past
the keeper. Seven minutes later Tara Merkel and Hannah Pace teamed up for one of the
nicest goals of the game. Tara and Hannah completed four quick passes to each other
in the right corner of the field that ended with Tara being wide open near the goal
and she put the last pass from Hannah just inside the far post. With four minutes
left in the game Becca Clugston got the final goal of the night after taking a pass
from Jordan Maupin in the middle of the field and put a shot into the top left
corner of the goal.
Game #11 - Western won an away contest 11-2 over Louisa County High School.
The scoring started quickly for Western as the first goal came with less than two
minutes gone in the game. Liza Dunsmore dribbled the ball into the penalty box
and passed the ball to Briana Guertler in front of the goal and Briana put it past
the keeper. A minute and a half later Liz Nuesch scored from the right side on a far
post shot after receiving a pass from Amelia Sitler. Three minutes later Louisa got
behind the Western defenders and put a shot on goal that Kate McCanna blocked but
Louisa was there for the rebound and got their first goal of the night. Nine
minutes into the game Liza Dunsmore made a nice far post run and one-touched a ball
into the net that Briana has sent a few feet from the goal. Four minutes later Becca
Clugston carries the ball up the right side of the field, sends a nice pass to Liz
Nuesch who quickly passes to the middle where Briana puts the ball into the goal.
With fourteen minutes left in the half Briana Guertler completes her hat trick when
she gets a pass from Amelia, makes a quick turn to the outside and puts the sharp
angle shot into the side netting. Amelia got the next goal after settling a high
cross from Briana and taking her time to put the ball just inside the right post.
Two minutes later a battle in front of the goal resulted in three shots on goal.
Amelia and Liz both took shots that were blocked and Liza Dunsmore pounced on the
rebound and finished the play with her second goal. The last goal of the half was
scored on a corner kick from Becca Clugston that found its way into the net.
Western shuffled its lineup in the second half and had several defenders move up
to the forward position. Five minutes into the half Kaitlin Ellwood took advantage
of that move and got her first goal of the season. Kaitlin controlled a pass from
Kate McCanna, took a few quick touches towards the goal and sent her shot pass the
keeper. One minute later Becca Clugston sent a high spinning ball towards the goal
that took an unusual bounce and deflected off a Louisa player into the goal. With
twenty-three minutes left in the game Kate McCanna got Western's final goal of the
game. Kate controlled a loose ball in front of the goal and slipped her shot just
inside the post. Louisa scored the final goal of the night on a corner kick that
goalkeeper Amelia Sitler grabbed, but the ball was beyond the goal line.
Game #12 - Western lost a home game 5-2 to Charlottesville High School.
Charlottesville got on the board quickly as they scored their first goal three
minutes into the game. A few minutes later Charlottesville got a breakaway down
the middle of the field and scored their second goal of the night. The Warriors
responded with a goal by Briana Guertler to cut the deficit to one. Western tied
the game at 2-2 after Becca Clugston took a corner kick and the ball was dropped
back to Jade Felton who sent a high shot over the keeper and just under the
crossbar. Charlottesville got one more goal before the end of the half to take
a 3-2 advantage into halftime. Charlottesville got two more goals in the second
half. The last goal came on another breakaway by a Charlottesville striker who was
challenged by Jordan Maupin as she came out of the goal. The Charlottesville player
was able to slip by Jordan and put the ball into the open goal.
Game #13 - Western picked up a 2-1 home victory against Orange County High
School. Western scored the first goal of the game with seven minutes left to play
in the first half. Becca Clugston received a pass from Amelia Sitler in the middle
of the field and after one quick touch to gain a little extra space Becca sent her
strong shot into the back of the net. Just a minute and a half later Western got
the final goal of the first half after a series of several nice passes into open
space. Western quickly moved the ball from the right sideline to the right corner
and then back to the middle of the field. Amelia Sitler got her second assist of
the night as she sent the final pass left of the goal where Liz Nuesch one-touched
the ball into the right corner of the goal. The second half saw both teams struggle
to maintain possession of the ball. Western was able to generate several good
scoring opportunities but couldn't put the ball in the goal. Orange began to pick up
their intensity and repeatedly beat Western to the 50/50 balls. With fourteen
minutes left to play in the game Orange got its only goal of the game. Orange
took a corner kick that Jordan Maupin blocked to the ground and Orange quickly put
the rebound into the open net. Orange continued to put heavy pressure on Western the
rest of the game but the Western defenders successfully kept Orange from finishing
their scoring chances.
Game #14 - Western lost a rain shortened away game 2-1 to Fluvanna County
High School. Western scored first with a goal from Briana Guertler. Fluvanna added
two goals to take a 2-1 halftime lead. The game was called because of the weather
shortly after the second half started.
Game #15 - Western lost its final game of the season 4-0 to Charlottesville
High School. Charlottesville used it speed advantage to create several good scoring
chances and quickly got back on defense to deny Western any uncontested shots.
Charlottesville scored its first goal nineteen minutes into the first half when
Jordan Maupin came out of goal to contest a breakaway. Jordan was able to block the
shot but Charlottesville put the rebound into the open net. Six minutes later
Charlottesville scored on a penaly kick after Tara Merkel was called for pushing
in the penalty area. Charlottesville got its third goal of the night four minutes
into the second half by putting a loose ball into the corner of the net. With seven
minutes left in the game a Charlottesville attacker battled several Western
defenders for a loose ball and was finally able to get off a shot and put the ball
in the net.