Knights Fall in OVAC Semi-Finals
MIDDLEBOURNE – The Silver Knights thought they had Linsly’s number in boys soccer after sending them home with a 1-0 defeat earlier in the month. However, the Knights, who were ranked number two in the OVAC with a 7-2-2 record coming into Wednesday’s match, could not hold back the Cadets’ pressure offense and dropped a 2-0 decision to number three Linsly on the Silver Knights home field.
The Cadets came out offensive minded while Tyler seemed content to play on the visitors’ side of the field. Coming in with a 5-6 record, Linsly took the lead with just under five minutes gone in the first half with a shot by Mason Obeldobel hit the goal and was rebounded in by Greyson Archibald. Knights’ goalkeeper Luke Daugherty, who ended with four saves on the night, nearly deflected the ball, but it slipped pass for the Cadets 1-0 lead.
The Silver Knights, who were playing without injured Quentin Richmond – a major part of their offense, continued to have trouble moving the ball. The Cadets defense took advantage as the Knights were only able to get two shots on goal. Near the end of the first half with a little over one minute remaining, the Cadets struck again when Linsly took a shot that Daugherty saved, but he then fell to the ground and the ball came off the goal post for a rebound shot that fell through. The score stood at 2-0 at halftime.
That score stood up and the Cadets moved on to the championship on Saturday. The Silver Knights will get back to work to improve on what is already a successful season.
“We played them last week and we won, so I think we came in a little to comfortable. We are having a good season so far and we have a tough second half coming up. We are going to learn from this loss and get better from here,” Knights’ Coach Scott Wall said.