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Gabi Leja and R-H’s Issac Napier battle for possession in first half action of the Region 2A match featuring the Barons and Statesmen. Leja scored two second half goals in the Barons’ 5-0 win. (Mike Moseley photo) / June 16, 2021

The no. 2 seed Bluestone High School boys soccer team moved one step closer to a state appearance by defeating no. 7 Randolph-Henry 5-0 in Skipwith on Monday evening.

Bluestone would eventually come out on top and advances to take on no. 6 Poquoson, which dispatched no. 3 Prince Edward 9-1 to move on.

The Poquoson match was scheduled Tuesday at Bluestone. A win would send the Barons to the region championship game and a victory there would mean a trip to the VHSL state championships.

Because of the condensed VHSL Championships + 1 Calendar, only one team per region will advance to state competition.

In the win over R-H, Bluestone got solid play at both ends of the field. R-H did get some opportunities for shots on goal, but for the most part the Barons kept their district rivals in check.

Bluestone went into the half leading 2-0 after Xavier Sturdifen assisted by Gabi Leja posted the 1-0 score 16 minutes into the contest. John Clark scored Bluestone’s second goal on a Leja assist in the 24th minute.

Players were given a water break at the 20-minute mark of each half due to the heat and humidity.

Coming back from halftime Leja got his first goal of the day on a straight power drive where he battled several defenders at the net before scoring.

The Barons posted their fourth goal at the 66-minute mark when Cody Hoffer goaled, assisted by John Clark. Leja went on to score the final goal for the 5-0 win, with Eddie Voorhaar getting the assist.

Coach Roger Clark said he was proud of the team’s effort in a very physical match where not only their physical but mental strength was challenged.

“It was a typical physical game with our friends from Charlotte County,” Clark said. “I’m proud of how our boys kept their composure and how they worked the ball to find scoring opportunities.

“Our young men are proud of their season thus far and look to continue playing strong against our opponents.”

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