Lady Warriors top Lady Hornets

Published 9:57 pm Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Nansemond River High School girls’ soccer team picked up its first win off of spring break on the road Monday evening.

The Lady Warriors picked up a 2-1 win over Deep Creek. Overall, the Lady Warriors felt like they were working off some post-break rust. They outshot Deep Creek 23-2 but only managed two goals, one each from Sophie Mitchell and Sarah Rhiel.

So far this season, Nansemond River has had a formidable schedule, but they have managed well against some of the tougher teams in Hampton Roads. With the team still being young, Coach Michael Swerda believes the team is still learning and continuing to get better while playing the tougher teams.

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“Being a young team, we’re still kind of learning how to score goals,” Swerda said. “We are very good from the defensive third to the offensive third we just have to learn how to score more goals. Overall, we are a very talented team that could have capitalized on some games had we scored more goals.”

During the second half of the Deep Creek game, Swerda was encouraged by how his team had competed off of the break. There was a chance the game could have turned into a blowout with the shooting deficit; however, Swerda is confident the team can turn more of those shots into goals going forward. To continue to make a push in the latter half of the season, Swerda believes more bench production will be welcomed.

“We have a young bench, and they are getting better every day,” he said. “With the rigorous schedule we have, if we can get those girls to step up here and there and give our starters some rest, I think we’ll be fine down the stretch.”

With the second half of the schedule likely being all Southeastern District opponents, the Lady Warriors feel like they are equipped to finish among the top of the district and in their region.