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Raiders soccer seeks revenge on Eagles

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:30 am

Jorge Barajas carefully leads the ball away from opponents.

Victor Santiago rushes to swipe the ball from the Raiders.

Soccer is always one of the best spectator sports at Washington and Lee High School. The fans are energetic and loud. The Varsity Boys team responds well to the cheers and they play with heart. Unfortunately, with the crazy spring rains, there are no more home games scheduled for the Eagles. It is time to hit the road.
The Eagles are two games from finishing their regular season games. With a current record of 4-8, all playoff games will be played away. This will be the last year that W&L will be in the VHSL 2A conference and Head Coach R.J. Sudduth hopes to exit on a positive note.
On Monday, May 1, W&L traveled to Rappahannock High school in an attempt to repeat their earlier win this season. The Raiders, however, were ready for revenge and could not be quelled. With the traditional taller grass on their home field, the Raiders were able to check the speed of the Eagles and earned the win. The final score posted at 4-1. The game was physical and demanding. The Raider fans were loud and vocal and perhaps contributed to the mental errors of the W&L defense. Victor Santiago scored the lone goal from the, now infamous, long throw in of Eddie Jims.
W&L was back home and in their co

mfort zone on Wednesday, May 3. Northumberland fell victim to the Eagles home field and fan advantage with a final score of 2-1. Eddie Jims and Braulio Salceio both found the back of the net for W&L.
As their luck this season continues, W&L lost on the road to Northumberland the following Wednesday, May 10. The final score was 2-1 in a heartbreaking loss. Senior Jorge Barajas scored , assisted by Santiago.
This week the Eagles will travel to Tappahannock to take on the Essex Trojans on Monday, May 15. Wednesday has them scheduled to play in Middlesex. The Eagles intend to change their on the road luck with big wins for both games. Go Eagles!