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Girls soccer season comes to end / June 05, 2019
The No. 2 Bluestone girls varsity soccer team fell to the No. 3 seed Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School 6-0 in Skipwith last week, ending Bluestone’s hopes of winning a VHSL Class 2 state championship.

Bluestone finished the season14-4. MWGS advanced to play the No. 1 seed Poquoson High School for the Region 2A Championship and won that match, 3-1.

Bluestone had advanced to meet MWGS by earning a first-round region bye, and then knocking off No. 7 seed King William High School. Had Bluestone defeated MWGS, they would have qualified to compete in the VHSL state games.

MGWS did a good job of shutting down Bluestone’s offense as the team was limited to no shots on goal in the first half and only a handful of shots on goal in the second half. The Lady Dragons posted four goals in the first half.

With a little over four minutes remaining in the first half, a MWGS player suffered a possible back injury. The game was halted for over 30 minutes as the player was treated on the field and eventually transported to a local hospital by rescue. The Lady Dragons took the 4-0 lead to halftime.

As the second half began, the Lady Dragons came out fresh whereas Bluestone appeared to be just a little sluggish. MWGS would use this to their advantage as they posted two additional goals in the second half and continued to cause Bluestone’s offense havoc — the Lady Dragons winning by the final score of 6-0.

The team also had two major honors from the JRD as midfielder Ann-Taylor Williamson was selected 2018-2019 Player of the Year; head coach Marty Bowlin earned 2018-2019 Coach of the Year honors. This was the second time each had received the honor as both were selected two seasons ago as POTY and COTY.

Bluestone had four players named to the James River District’s All-District first team this season. Seniors Ann-Taylor Williamson and Kayla Williams each made the team at midfielder and defender. Juniors Charlotte Bradshaw (midfielder) and Ashlyn Knott (forward) were also selected.

Bluestone should be in good shape when they return to the soccer field next season. The team has some very strong talent on it and will benefit from graduating only four players this year: A.T Williamson, Erin Strider, Katie Garcia and Keely Downey.

Coach Bowlin said though the region championship didn’t pan out, she was still very proud of and happy for the girls on her team. “I would have like to have seen us go to the states, but we’ve had a great year. I’m proud of these ladies.”

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