ELLISTON — The addition of the Class 1 division for girls soccer continues to be lucrative for Eastern Montgomery.
The host Mustangs had a big night, dispatching Bath County 10-1 for their fourth victory over their Pioneer District foe in as many meetings this season.
In prior seasons, there was just one division for Class 1 and 2 girls soccer in the VHSL postseason. The split came prior to this season.
Sophomore Shae Davis paced the EastMont attack with three goals, while Elli Underwood, Sarah Weatherspoon and Laken Smith chipped in two goals apiece. Samantha Newcomb tallied the final score for the hosts.
Junior Stephanie Gardener scored the lone goal for Bath County; the score marked the first time the Mustangs had ceded a goal to their Region C rivals in the season series.
The Chargers played Tuesday’s game with just 11 girls on the roster, meaning that they all played the full 80 minutes. Despite that, the Chargers were down just 2-1 with 17 minutes left in the first half before a flurry of Mustang goals just before the half pushed the advantage to 6-1.
“I think the girls are super excited,” EastMont coach Whittney Shaver said. “They have really stepped up their game as the competition has increased throughout the season and we just continue to get better each week.
“We’re hopeful for some good results over the next few days.”
Despite the fact that EastMont’s girls program is just two years old, the Mustangs are primed for future success regardless of how their next game (or two) plays out. The roster features only one upperclassman, junior goalie Maddie Smith, and has a core of girls who have been playing together since youth leagues — something that Underwood attested to.
“Most of us have played on the same travel team for a while, and it’s helped so much with chemistry and bringing the team together,” she said. “It’s easier to add a few new players when you’ve spent so much time playing with a lot of the team.”
The Mustangs face Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg in the semifinals. The Generals topped Northumberland 4-1 in their quarterfinal matchup.
The loss marked the end of the season for Bath County.
“I hate how bittersweet it is at the end like this,” Chargers coach Adam Frye said. “But I’m so proud of our team and how much heart we showed.”