The William Byrd boys soccer team will play host to Staunton River Friday night at Patterson Stadium as they try to get back on the winning track. Byrd is 1-7 after losing three games in the past week.
Last Wednesday the Terriers lost to Fort Defiance, 4-1. Wahtshee Htoo scored to give Byrd the lead but the Indians answered with four gives to take the win.
Last Friday against Christiansburg Byrd traile2-0 in the second half when Gavin Simpson scored on a penalty kick. Then, with four minutes to go, Simpson scored off a free kick to tie the game. However, 10 seconds from the kickoff Christiansburg regained the lead with two and half minutes to play and the Demons won 3-2. Nate Loving had eight saves in the goal for Byrd.
On Tuesday night the Terriers were at William Fleming, where they dropped a 4-1 decision. Luke Johnston found Tristan Brady on a through ball to give Byrd the lead, 1-0, going into the break, but the Terriers couldn’t couldn’t hold the lead in the second half.
“We created better opportunities than Fleming in the first half, we just couldn’t capitalize,” said Byrd coach Matt Guilliams. “We came out and conceded twice in the first ten minutes of the second half. Not to mention, we missed some really good opportunities in front of goal in the second half as well that could have changed momentum in our favor.”
After Friday’s home game with Staunton River the Terriers will go to Lord Botetourt Tuesday.
“Nothing seems to fall our way we need it most and sometimes you need a little luck to help with results and confidence and everything that goes a long with competing,” said Guilliams. “It’s just not happening for us right now.”