One goal is enough for Walsingham
Published 9:35 pm Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Going for a second Tidewater Conference win in 24 hours, Nansemond-Suffolk couldn’t find the back of the net as visiting Walsingham got the game’s lone goal late in the second half for a 1-0 win.
Both teams had good scoring opportunities as the Trojans finished the afternoon with an 11-7 shot on goal advantage.
Counterattacking after a Saint corner kick, Walsingham’s Connor McGregor controlled a long clearance into the NSA half, split the last two NSA defenders who hadn’t moved forward on the corner kick, and fired a shot that curled away from NSA goalie Jacob Branchaud, just inside the left post, to give Walsingham a 1-0 lead in the 68th minute.
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NSA’s best chance for an equalizing goal came with just under three minutes left, but Park Babiy’s header off a cross in from the left wing by Chris Sharrett went wide of the right post.
Early in the season, NSA lost a non-conference match to the Trojans in Williamsburg 3-1. On Monday, NSA overturned an earlier loss against Hampton Roads into a 5-2 win over HRA. The Saints had their opportunities to do the same on Tuesday.
A first half with action at both ends of the field produced 13 Trojan shots and 12 attempts by NSA. Branchaud was needed in the 29th minute for a diving, one-handed save near the right post of his goal.
Three minutes after Branchaud’s key save, Brock Barbeau had NSA’s best scoring chance to that point. Barbeau’s right-footed attempt from 25 yards away forced the Walsingham keeper into a leaping deflection to knock the ball over the crossbar.
In the early part of the second half, a Walsingham threat ended with a shot that banged off the crossbar and out. Less than a minute later, another Trojan rush upfield was stopped only with another diving save by Branchaud who finished with 10 saves.
NSA (3-8-2, 1-4-0) sits in sixth out of nine spots in the Tidewater Conference standings. NSA has its last home match of the regular season on Thursday afternoon against Norfolk Christian.