Warriors take PenSouth title

Published 9:29 pm Thursday, May 25, 2017

Nansemond River High School’s boys’ soccer team won the PenSouth conference title Wednesday night.

The Warriors defeated Kecoughtan High School at Gloucester High School. The game was 0-0 for most of the night. After regulation time was up, the game went into four overtime periods before it came down to penalty kicks. Nansemond River won that 4-2, giving them the victory.

“We are going to enjoy this one,” Warriors coach Dustin Tordoff said about the victory. “It was awesome. The last two games were really intense. We fought through both and became champs.”

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On Tuesday, Nansemond River defeated Menchville High School 3-2 to advance to the finals. The Warriors had defeated Menchville 1-0 during the regular season but were considered underdogs for the game. Wednesday, they were also underdogs in their matchup against No. 1 seed Kecoughtan. Before both games, Tordoff told his players it would take an incredible amount of focus to win. They showed that focus and grit this week.

Warriors goalie David Wright had a huge game. Wright had many game-saving saves during the match.

The Warriors took no shortage of celebration after their win. The announcer at the field wanted to get through the post-game ceremony quickly due to severe weather in the area, but instead, the Warriors celebrated even more before being awarded their trophies. Each player was grateful for the moment.

This makes the second conference title under Tordoff but the first on the 5A level.

“We are feeling pretty good as far as our confidence goes,” Tordoff said. “We all have the same idea in mind, that our goal wasn’t to just win the conference but continue to win after that. We can’t be satisfied with winning this trophy. We have to keep pushing forward.”

After their semifinal victory, Nansemond River clinched a regional berth. Now the Warriors want to reset and refocus as they get ready for another tournament.

“We are playing good at the right time and against good competition,” Tordoff said. “Both of those games we played were hard fought, and we are just trying to build on top of that.”

Earlier this week, Nansemond River also collected a few all-conference honors. Sterling McGee, Sasha Karlov and Canadez Long made the first team. Nikoli Green made the second team.

Nansemond River 4, Kecoughtan 2

NR Place Kicks—Se Karlov, Renshaw, Baker, Morgan; saves—Wright 2