Wise County Central vs. Abingdon

Abingdon's Claire Bunn gains control of the ball for the Falcons in last Wednesday's game against Wise County Central.

ABINGDON, Va. — The Abingdon girls soccer squad finally let up a goal last Wednesday, but the Falcons kept their zero in the loss column firmly in place with a 2-1 victory over Wise County Central.

“I thought we played well,” said Falcons coach Jordan Blackson. “Obviously that was probably our most challenging game of the season, and I’m glad that we had a challenging game. But these girls, they work hard every game, they’re improving on the season, and we’ve got a long way to go and a lot of improvement. But tonight was a win, and we got it done when we needed to get it done.”

Falcons senior Gillian Oyos gave the team a 1-0 lead in the first half on her 12th goal of the season. Abingdon had not allowed a goal all season long entering the game, but that streak came to a close as Lauren Webb scored for Central to tie the game just before halftime.

“That was the first goal we allowed all season, and I could tell that that really energized Central, and Wise Central fed off that energy the rest of the game,” Blackson said. “There was never a point in this game where Wise Central was out of it.”

Oyos got involved in the scoring once again in the second half as she earned the assist on sophomore Claire Bunn’s game-winning score in the 55th minute — her 18th goal of the season.

“We knew they were undefeated. I think they had about 50 goals to zero given up, and we knew we just had to be on our game today,” said Warriors coach Matthew Mullins. “I think their consistency kind of wore us down over the course of the game, and they got a couple [goals] on us, but I’m really proud of our girls for how hard they fought, and I think they played very, very well.”

Warriors goalkeeper Stephanie Whitfield had an otherwise good performance despite allowing two goals in the loss, recording seven saves. The Falcons had both Jasmine Montgomery and Kylie Howard playing in the net in the win, with each making three saves.

With the loss, the Warriors dropped to 8-3 on the season and prepared for a Friday match at John Battle (6-3-1). Mullins said that the team hoped to build up steam over the final weeks of the season to make a push for a high ranking in the district tournament.

“We need to finish strong in our district because we have the tournament coming up, and we want to have one of the top-four seeds; that way we can have a home playoff game and maybe build some momentum toward the end of the year here,” he said.

Against Ridgeview, Abingdon scored another perfect game, shutting out Ridgeview 7-0. Emily Dorton posted three goals and two assists, helping Abingdon improve to an 11-0 season.

Claire Bunn, Gillian Oyos, Kyle Reid and Makenzie Kidd also scored for the Falcons. Jasmine Montgomery and Kylie Howard split time at goalkeeper for the unbeaten Abingdon High.

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