In last week’s girl’s Region 2C soccer semifinals at the Smith River Complex in Axton, the Lady Govs battled Radford for 15 minutes before Mother Nature put on a lightning show that stopped the action for two hours.
The Lady Govs came back after the unscheduled break and looked strong, as in Kate Strong, as the senior was coming off a three-goal game in the quarterfinals against Dan River.
The entire Nelson team was moving the ball well to each other as were the Radford girls.
Strong took control and booted in the game’s first goal, which seemed to move the Nelson squad up the emotional ladder.
As time was ticking down to the end of the first half in front of a crowded goal, Radford tied the game at 1-1.
“The game remained close through the amazing play of our keeper Rylee Truslow. Rylee stopped a number of breakaways as well shots on goal throughout the game, which enabled us to stay close at the end of the game,” said Nelson coach Bryan Ferren.
“The girls played tough throughout the entire game and almost pulled within one in the last four minutes with a shot from Summer Scruggs just going wide on a deflection from the Radford keeper.”
Radford defense held Nelson scoreless the rest of the way and backed that up with three second-half scores for the 4-1 win over Nelson.
The Nelson squad under first-year coach Ferren finished with a 9-8-2 overall record, but Ferren believes that stat is not all his team accomplished.
“I do not think our overall record is reflective of the progress that the girls have made throughout the season. At the beginning of the year I set some objectives for the girls, which was to become a better passing and possession team and to work together on offense and defense as a team not as individuals,” said Ferren.
“To help accomplish this I also asked a few players to play different positions than they played in the past. Kaya Winsheimer moved to wing defender, Maddie Jenney and Ella Manthey moved to the midfield and Lauren Armstrong became a wing. By the end of the season the team hit its stride and excelled at their new position.”