Eastern View’s girls soccer team came into Friday’s game against Culpeper looking to bounce back from a loss to Monticello on Wednesday.
Thanks to a pair of late goals, the Cyclones were able to do just that.
The game started with both teams struggling to find a rhythm offensively. A bevy of errant passes on both sides resulted in very few shots on goal and a scoreless tie at halftime.
Eastern View goalkeeper Mikki Easter had one save in the first half off a shot from Culpeper’s Camila Gonzales, while Blue Devils goalie Sana Tewari deflected a pair of Cyclones shot attempts during that time.
Eastern View started off the second half more aggressively, getting off five shots on goal in the first 20 minutes of the stanza. The Cyclones’ persistence finally paid off when Dakota Brown’s penalty kick slipped past the reach of new Culpeper goalie Sydney Hall and into the left corner of the net, giving Eastern View a 1-0 lead with 9:30 remaining in the game.
From there, the Cyclones went into a ball-control approach over the final few minutes, keeping the ball in the offensive third while continuing to attack the goal as opportunities presented themselves.
One such opportunity resulted in Sarah Hatfield’s goal from the top of the box with 4:37 left, effectively icing the game for Eastern View.
Eastern View (1-1) finished the night with a 10-2 shot advantage, while Culpeper (1-1) had a 6-4 free kick advantage.
The Cyclones will host King George in their Battlefield District opener on Tuesday at 7 p.m., while the Blue Devils travel to James Monroe the same night.