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Warriors ready to compete

The Nansemond River High School boys’ soccer team is looking forward to seeing how well it competes this spring season.

The Warriors are coming off of a season where they were very competitive and graduated a strong senior class. After reaching the state tournament in 2017, they followed up with barely missing the region tournament in 2018, despite a strong season. Coach Dustin Tordoff believes the team has returned a solid core from last season and is looking forward to being productive.

“We have some ways to go, but we have a good core to build around,” Tordoff said. “We lost some kids to graduation, but we had some players waiting for their time, and we think they can do some good things for us.”

Nansemond River does return their leading scorer from last season, Taylor Jones, and goalie Morgan Magrisi. The Warriors also have midfielders with experience. This season could be looked at as a rebuild by a spectator, but the Warriors don’t look at it that way. Tordoff believes this season will be different because of the heavy senior production and leadership the team had the past two years.

“We want to be competitive in every game,” Tordoff said. “It’s going to be about how we adapt to our roles and how the younger kids adjust to the varsity level. We still have some things to sort out, but we feel we can remain competitive.”

Nansemond River will start its season Wednesday against Wilson High School. In the first game, the Warriors want to come out sharp and capitalize on whatever opportunities they have throughout the game.