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The soccer season for Washington & Lee has been a challenging one already. Many players are being forced to play in unfamiliar territories because of the loss of some teammates for miscellaneous reasons. The Eagles started off very slow, winning one game while losing six. Last week, W&L had a rematch against undefeated King William in Montross. King William previously beat W&L 4-0, scoring all their goals
in the last 20 minutes of the game. However, King William saw a W&L team at its best defensively last Wednesday. The Eagles back line held the previously undefeated Cavilers and Senior Dustin Owens posted a shut out. “Seniors Polo Beltran, Daniel Jefferies, David Lane and junior Fernando Alvarez really held King William’s offensive front in check all game” Eagles Coach RJ Sudduth added.
As the defense held the Cavilers down the whole game, they also made up for the lack of offensive production from their own offense and produced the lone and winning goal. The goal was set up beautifully by mid-fielder Evan Lewis who made a cross to James Cox who then crossed it to senior defender John Ramierz. “We were at the point of the season where we could have just came out flat, quit, and packed our bags, or respond to the challenge, and that’s what we did, we responded,” Sudduth added.
Today, the Eagles will play another undefeated and district rival Essex at home (A.T. Johnson field). W&L hopes to avoid an 0-2 start in the Northern Neck District. The key match ups for today’s game will be the mid-field of Essex facing the mid-field of W&L. Washington & Lee enters this game undersized and will need to really spread the field to wear down Essex. Sophomore Jose Chipres’s role will be critical as well, as he hopes to create some chaos on the Essex back line. Senior Luis Lopez will also try to use some of his endurance and speed to wear down Essex’s back line and create chances for himself and his teammates.
Season Stats: Luis Lopez 2 goals 2 assists, Manny Verdugo 2 goals, Evan Lewis 1 goal, John Ramirez 1 goal, Jose Chipres 1 goal, James Cox 1 assist.