The William Byrd boys hosted Lord Botetourt in a Blue Ridge District soccer game Tuesday and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Cavaliers at Patterson stadium.
Botetourt settled in on Byrd’s end of the field to begin the first half but never had anything threatening. Then, just past the midway point of the first half, Byrd’s Zach Aylor found Luke Johnston wide open across the field for a score, giving Byrd the lead, 1-0, at the break. I
“t was the only shot we recorded in the first half,” said coach Matt Guilliams. “All in all, we weren’t playing too bad in the first half, we just had too many turnovers, didn’t move the ball quick and were losing almost every 50-50 battle.”
It took LBuntil about halfway through the second half to score their first goal off a handball in the box. Shortly after, they would score another off a corner to take the lead at 2-1, then scored an insurance goal with less than 10 minutes to go to make it 3-1.
“They sent more numbers forward in the second half, we didn’t adjust as much as I had hoped off of what we went over at halftime,” said Guilliams. “Again, our biggest issue is we are beating ourselves more than our opponents are. We aren’t adjusting quick enough on things we need to do better and every time we concede a goal it’s like we’ve lost the game already. We have to figure out a way to pick ourselves up and recognize that we have time to come back from our mistakes, to move on from them and keep pushing.”
Nate Loving had seven saves in the goal for Byrd as the Cavaliers dropped to 1-4 on the season. Byrd was scheduled to play at Fort Defiance on Wednesday, and on Friday the Terriers are at Christiansburg.