The William Byrd boys bounced back from a tough loss to Cave Spring last week to beat Staunton River on Tuesday. The Terriers took a 6-1 win at Robert A. Patterson Stadium in Vinton.
Landon Niday scored three first half goals to give the Terriers a comfortable 3-0 lead at intermission. Dexter Gaines assisted on the first goal at the 17 minute mark, and just three minutes later Niday scored off a corner kick from Braden Crossan. Niday completed the three-goal hat trick just a minute later with another assist to Gaines.
“That was a great few minute run we had and I felt we kept the pressure for a bit after that,” said Byrd coach Russell Dishman.
That’s how the score remained until the 75th minute when Daniel Britts scored off an assist from Hunter Burgess. A minute later Byrd struck again as Gaines found the net off a free kick from Crossan and Niday scored his fourth goal of the night, off another Crossan assist, to close out the scoring. Bricen Lancaster had six saves in goal.
“It was unfortunate that we gave up a late goal that cost the shut out but it was a good result and a positive step as we prep for Northside on Friday,” said Dishman.
Last Thursday at Cave Spring the host Knights pulled out a 1-0 win over the Terriers. The only goal of the game came on a penalty kick.
“It was unfortunate that we gave up a PK about midway through the first half,” said Dishman. “Bricen made the initial stop on the shot but they were able to put the rebound away.”
That turned out to be the only goal of the game as the Terriers fell just short against a talented Cave Spring side.
“I was proud of the guys and how the responded but I understand their frustration to have another close loss, especially to a team as good as Cave,” said Dishman.
Byrd is now 4-4-1 with a Blue Ridge District game at Northside Friday evening.