River gets local sweep in soccer

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 14, 2005

James Hill and Donald Parrott scored two goals in less than two minutes and Natasha Hill smacked in a pair as Nansemond River swept Lakeland in soccer Tuesday, with the boys winning 4-1 at Lakeland and the girls grabbing a 2-1 home victory. It was the Warriors’ first win over their local rivals of the millennium.

About six minutes into the boys’ game, Lakeland was called for a foul about halfway on its side of the field. Aaron Mule looped a kick down the left side, and it bounced past a mass a players and into the left side of the net.

Jake Conrad tied it up 15 minutes later, kicking in an assist from Jean-Louis Bile to end the half tied at one. With 24 minutes to go, Alton Donovan stole the ball from a defender in the River corner and knocked a pass across the center.

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Peyton Hough swiped at it, but missed. Charging in from the left, Hill bolted up and knocked it inside the left corner. Before the Cavaliers could react, Parrott broke down the left side of the field and slipped in another goal, and Mule finished the scoring with a penalty kick in the final minutes.

&uot;My team helped me out and got me out of the times that I messed up,&uot; said River goalkeeper Chris Ritter, who fought off 18 shots. &uot;I have confidence in my defense and my ability.&uot;

In the girls game, Katelyn Yandle had an assist for River, and Stephanie Owen scored the only Lakeland goal off an assist from Nicole Klee. Lakeland battles Oscar Smith on Thursday, with the boys going away and the girls staying home. The Warriors will head to Deep Creek on Friday, with their female counterparts sticking around.

In other action, King’s Fork was swept by Hickory and Nansemond-Suffolk’s girls fell to Norfolk Christian.