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No. 2 seed Bluestone shut out by Poquoson in 2A regional soccer tournament action / June 23, 2021

The no. 2 seed Bluestone boys soccer team had their season come to an end last week after losing to Poquoson High School 6-0 in the semifinal round of the Region 2A soccer tournament.

Bluestone had just defeated no. 7 Randolph-Henry on Monday of last week, 5-0, to advance to the semifinals on Tuesday. The quarterfinal rounds were to be played the previous Friday but were moved to Monday due to weather conditions.

Poquoson, which was the six seed, advanced to play Bluestone by winning its quarterfinal against no. 3 Prince Edward, 9-1.

Bluestone finished the season at 9-2-1. The only other loss Bluestone had at the home was during the regular season to Goochland.

From the onset of the semifinal match the Barons had problems moving the ball and were in defensive mode for much of the first half.

Poquoson posted its first goal at 30.01 into the game for the 1-0 score. Not long after this series, Xavier Sturdifen was kicked in his left eye in a battle for possession of the ball, and was immediately pulled from the game.

Sturdifen, playing forward/mid-fielder, was a huge part of the team’s success this year and his absence was definitely felt. Sturdifen eventually returned to the match but Poquoson was by then in charge and ended the first half leading 3-0.

In the second half the locals put up quite a battle but as the match wore on the visitors continued to wear down Bluestone. Poquoson went on to post three additional goals for the 6-0 win.

Though the Barons were shut out, the point spread would have been even more if not for the diligent play of Bluestone goalie Jarell Chavis. The freshman did a solid job of deflecting several goals that would have raised the score to double digits for Poquoson.

Head coach Roger Clark said the team, especially the seniors, were a joy to coach.

“It’s been an honor and a pleasure coaching this team,” Clark said. “Not one player complained or acted out of line all year. Every player worked hard and it showed on the field.

“The seniors led the team by example. They made it clear early on that they were up to the task. As we evolved into a team their actions on the field became examples to the younger players.

“I wish our seniors well. I’m sure all of them will be successful.”

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