EAST RIVER - The Princeton Tigers and the Greenbrier East Spartans came out on top Monday night at East River Soccer Complex, advancing to the sectional championship game on Wednesday.
It was a hard fought battle between the Beavers and the Tigers, but in the end Prince-ton dominated the scoreboard, defeating Bluefield 3-0.
“This is a great win,” Princeton assistant coach Heather Bailey said. “We have been working hard and everything has been coming together in practice. Regular season was practice for this tournament.”
During the 18th minute of play Scott Lambert maneuvered the ball through the Beavers' defense and fired the ball past Bluefield goalkeeper Jonathon Lyons. Princeton would take a 1-0 lead at the half.
Jevon Carpenter scored two goals during the second half to help finalize the Tigers victory.
“It feels great to beat our arch rival,” Carpenter said. “After a tie and loss, it is great to come in and beat them at the end of the season.”
Bluefield had an outstanding season, according to head coach Kevin Goforth.
“We only lost three games all year,” Goforth said. “Unfortunately one of those losses came during the sectionals. We should hold our heads high.”
Greenbrier East 8
James Monroe 0
The Greenbrier East Spartans made short work of James Monroe, defeating the Mavericks 8-0, but not without a first-half battle.
With an injured goalkeeper, the Mavericks were able to deflect 16 of the 17 shots attempted by the Spartans.
With 8:48 left in the first half Jake Glasser notched the ball past a sliding goalkeeper to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead at the half.
“The boys got a lecture on intensity during halftime,” Greenbrier East head coach Tom Karrs said. “We knew we could play a lot better than we did in the first half.”
The Spartans dominated the field during the second half, completing seven of their 12 attempts at goal.
Charlie Umberger scored two goals for Greenbrier East, while teammates Christian Karrs, Lucas Lemine, Matt Bennett, Michael Prevett, and Aaron Utterback each contributed one.
“We are excited to play either Princeton or Bluefield,” Karrs said. “Both are quality teams. Hopefully we will be more prepared and be ready for the challenge.”