Warriors rout Deep Creek 9-0

Published 2:35 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Led by four goals, including a hat trick in the first 11 minutes of the match, by Jarrod Watson, Nansemond River rolled to a 9-0 Southeastern District win over Deep Creek at NR on Tuesday night.

After dropping a pair of district games to Chesapeake schools, Indian River and Hickory, last week by a combined score of 11-1, the Warriors led 5-0 by halftime against the Hornets in improving their record to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the Southeastern.

Watson’s speed on top of the Nansemond River attack blitzed Deep Creek in the first few minutes. In the sixth minute, Watson moved on the dribble down the right side before cutting into the DC penalty box and putting a controlled finish into the net.

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Less than two minutes later, Watson used his timing and leaping ability rather than his speed. Watson headed in a cross from Sean Duffy. Duffy’s cross came from near the left sideline across the box to the far post where Watson was unmarked for a strong header.

Three minutes later, Watson gained possession about 30 yards from goal, dribbled into the top of the Hornet box and blasted a right-footed shot for his third goal in a five-minute span.

The rout continued with two more goals in the last 10 minutes of the first half.

Trea James, a central defender who missed the first part of the soccer season with the Warriors after an injury in the high jump during the indoor track and field season, headed home a cross by Joshua Foster. Foster took a free kick from outside the left side of the DC box, and similar to Watson’s second tally, James was on the spot at the far post. A goal by Matt Schutz, off an assist by Wendell Foster, made it 5-0 NR six minutes before halftime.

Watson with his fourth goal, Schutz with his second, Duffy and Joshua Foster added to the Nansemond River lead with the second half’s goals.

Even with five matches remaining on their schedule, the Warriors have their home finale on Thursday against Grassfield at 7 p.m. With a 2-1 win on Tuesday against Oscar Smith, Grassfield is also 3-2 in the district. Through Tuesday’s results, Nansemond River, Grassfield and Great Bridge are in a three-way tie for fourth place in the district. The top four schools qualify for the district tournament.