NRHS girls get regional winPublished 11:15pm Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Nansemond River High School’s girls’ soccer team played through 80 scoreless minutes against visiting Deep Creek High School on Monday before it did what it needed to in its first regional playoff game in school history.
“We just played with no inspiration, no focus, ‘til the last couple minutes,” Lady Warriors head coach Darryl Yandle said.
In the first minute of overtime, Nansemond River sophomore Kendall Webster took a pass from freshman Daijah Norris and put it in the back of the net. In the first minute of the second five-minute overtime session, the two repeated the same action, giving the Lady Warriors a 2-0 win.
It was the second straight game in which Webster has contributed a clutch performance. On Friday, she scored the winning goal in the final minutes of the conference tournament championship against rival King’s Fork High School.
Her stellar play has come after having broken the pinkie toe on her left foot in late May. It is her non-shooting foot, but it still can have a significant effect on her ability to play well.
“I was out a week and a half, resting it, because I couldn’t really play on it,” she said. She agreed with Coach Yandle that the rest is one reason she has been playing so well lately, but she also cited her simple desire to win.
That desire has gotten her through the pain that has come with simply putting on her cleats.
“I really wanted to play during the King’s Fork game, so I was willing to take the pain and just go with it,” she said.
Yandle was happy his team has advanced to the regional semifinals, but frustrated by how it happened, particularly after NR defeated the Lady Hornets 5-0 earlier in the season.
After the Lady Warriors’ uninspired play on Monday, he said, “From here on, (if) we do that, we’re going home.”
On the bright side, though, he said, “It’s amazing to think we’re one victory away from state.”
Nansemond River (12-5) visits Midlothian High School today. The winner qualifies for the state tournament and advances to Friday’s regional championship game.