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BMS girls soccer earns first round tournament bye / April 25, 2018
With a 2-1 win over county rival Park View last week, the Bluestone Middle School girls soccer team earned a first-round bye in the Junior Piedmont District tournament.

The Lady Trojan kickers finished the season with a record of 6-3-1. Tournament play for the Junior Piedmont District was set to begin on Monday. The Lady Trojans are seeded No. 2 in the district and have earned a first-round bye.

The team was scheduled to host the winner of the first round game between No. 3 Patrick County and No. 6 Halifax County. But due to rain, the game is being rescheduled.

Here’s a roundup of how the Lady Trojan’s final three regular season matches went:

Laurel Park 4, Bluestone 0

The Lady Trojans of Bluestone Middle traveled to Laurel Park on April 1 and lost 4-0.

The undefeated Lady Lancers scored in the fifth minute of the match to make the score 1-0. Despite Laurel Park’s numerous shots on goal, excellent play by Bluestone’s midfield and defense prevented the home team from scoring again in the first half.

The second half had Laurel Park scoring in the 32nd minute and again in the 39th minute of the match.

The final goal of the game was scored at the 59:10 mark on an own goal by Bluestone’s defense. Final score 4-0.

Goalies Hannah Presgraves and Molly Garner of Bluestone were credited with ten and two saves respectively. Bluestone’s loss dropped their Junior Piedmont District record to 4-3-1.

Bluestone 2, Park View 0

The Bluestone and Park View middle schoolers met for the first time this season in a non-district game on April 16. The visiting Lady Trojans went up 1-0 at the 9:10 minute of the match with a goal by Emma Riegert. Elena Bailey earned the assist.

Both teams battled back and forth for possession the remainder of the first half with neither team being able to score. Molly Garner of Bluestone converted on a penalty kick at the 52:07 minute to up the score to 2-0.

The win improved Bluestone’s overall record to 5-3-1. Bluestone’s keeper, Hannah Presgraves, was credited with four saves. Garner, Bailey, Riegert, Brianna Wells and Sherylyn Melnick all provided great coverage in the midfield for Bluestone.

Bluestone 2, Park View 1

BMS girls soccer hosted Park View Middle School on April 19. The second meeting in less than a week saw the Lady Trojans of Bluestone defeat the Lady Cougars, 2-1.

Bluestone scored first with a goal by Molly Garner at the 20:30 mark of the match. Katlyn Abernathy found the back of the net for Bluestone at the 27:48 mark to make the score 2-0.

Park View got on board in the 40th minute of the second half with a goal by A. Gonzalez with an N. Garnes assist.

Neither team scored again, making the final tally 2-1, Bluestone.

It should be noted that the midfield and defense of both teams played an incredibly hard game. Brianna Wells, Molly Garner and Emma Riegert provided good coverage at midfield during the win for Bluestone.

Keepers Hannah Presgraves for Bluestone and A. Uribe for Park View had good games with Presgraves having four saves and Uribe having five saves on goal. Bluestone’s win improved their final regular season record to 6-3-1.

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