Suffolk faces down the challenge

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 10, 2005

Three Suffolk squads won their respective divisions in the Hampton Roads Challenge soccer event over the weekend.

The U19 girls team was the first to win a championship, going 4-0. Natasha Hill got things started for them by scoring three goals in a 6-1 defeat of Chesapeake Saturday at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. Robin Ramey, Virginia Donovan and Carolina Kirk also scored.

Things got tough for the girls against Carolina, falling behind 2-0 at halftime. With half an hour to play, Hill knocked in a goal, and Ramey followed her up five minutes later. Hill scored again halfway through, but Carolina tied things back up before Nicole Klee kicked in the game-winner.

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Hill, Klee, Ramey and Megan Whitford scored in a 4-0 defeat of Chesapeake Sunday, and Klee, Hill and Lauren Pinzon knocked in shots in a 3-2 defeat of Portsmouth.

Over at Diamond Springs Park, the U14 co-ed Gold squad began with a 1-0 defeat of Chesapeake, with Zach Crytzer getting the goal. They stumbled in the second game, falling 3-1 to Carolina, as Matt Hill got the only shot. Suffolk rebounded with a 2-1 defeat of Smithfield, as Crytzer scored first and Darryl Washington made the difference with a penalty stroke.

Hill scored early in the championship game against Chesapeake, which had knocked Carolina out of the championship. Both teams went back and forth for the remainder, but no one managed to knock in another shot, and Suffolk won it.

In the U16 division, all three teams tied in their respective games Saturday. Suffolk was awarded the tie-breaker, and defeated the Hurricanes 4-0 in the first game Sunday. They defeated Chesapeake 1-0 in the championship.

In other action, another U14 Suffolk team finished second in its respective division.

jason.norman@suffolknewsherald.com