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Dragon kickers upset by New Kent in Region East tourney opener

SoVaNow.com / June 06, 2018
The top-seeded Park View boys soccer team saw its season come to an abrupt end Tuesday in the VHSL 3A East Regional Tournament as the Dragons lost in an upset to 8th-seeded New Kent, 3-2, in the quarterfinal round.

The homestanding Dragons gave up two early goals and never quite recovered despite manhandling the visiting Trojans in the second half. New Kent was able to score late in the first half for what would prove to be the decisive point.

After falling behind 3-0, Park View countered with a goal on a penalty kick by senior forward and team captain Luke Wilson to keep the halftime deficit manageable. New Kent seemed to have the Dragons figured out in the first half and were able to keep offensive pressure on the boys in green and white nearly the entire 40 minutes.

The second half was a different situation entirely. The Dragons stuffed New Kent on their end of the field most of the half. Meantime, Luke Wilson got a second penalty kick goal about midway through the second half to pull the Dragons to within a goal, 3-2.

Late in the game, the Trojan goalkeeper made an absolutely stunning save to preserve the victory. Dragon forward Jaykuan Brandon got free in the New Kent goal box and booted a kick that looked as if it was bound for the back of the net. Unfortunately for the Dragons, the New Kent keeper was quick to move laterally from left to right, and he launched his body into the air and got a paw on the ball. The deflection sent the kick over the cross bar and preserved the win for New Kent.

With the loss, the Dragons were eliminated from postseason play and their season came to an end.



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