With a record of 0-13, it hasn’t been a pretty picture this season for Louisa’s boys soccer team, and Monday’s landslide loss to visiting Albemarle was just another stroke on the canvas.
The visiting Albemarle Patriots outshot the Lions 22 to one on their way to an 8-0 victory over Louisa, a margin so wide it enacted the Virginia High School League mercy rule, which ended the game with 20 minutes remaining on the clock.
“I think we recognize that we’re young,” Louisa head coach Joel Abe said. “Obviously, I don’t think anyone is happy with the results. There is some frustration, but you just work to get better and to build something going forward.”
Due to an assortment of issues such as suspensions and injuries, Abe was forced to call up multiple members of the junior varsity team to field a full roster for the contest. The scrappy Lions managed to hold their own for the game’s first 20 minutes, keeping Albemarle out of the goal despite allowing 10 shots.
The dam finally broke in the game’s 25th minute, though. Albemarle punched in a loose ball in front of the goal to convert on their last of three corner kicks they had in the span of one minute. By halftime, the Patriots had added three more to the total to take a 4-0 lead.
Louisa didn’t fare much better in the second half. The Patriots added two quick goals within the first 10 minutes, and scored the game’s final goal in the 20th minute despite a diving effort from Louisa goalie Trey Chisholm.
To read the entire story, see the May 22 edition of The Central Virginian.