Vikings edge Byrd boys as late rally fall short

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William Byrd’s Jake Barker(#13) PHOTO BY JIM DEVINNEY

The William Byrd boys soccer team is back at .500 after losing a heartbreaker to Northside on Tuesday. The Terriers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Vikings to fall to 6-6 on the season.

“It was a hard fought game both ways,” said Byrd coach Matthew Guilliams. “ Northside scored about 10 minutes into the half and then scored just a few minutes later off of a corner. We were just starting to get settled into the game when they scored their first goal. The second goal I think really effected us as the half went on.”

Down 2-0, Byrd stepped it up in the second half, made a few adjustments tactically and started creating better chances. After missing a PK and creating a few good chances the Terriers finally broke through off a set-piece scored by Jesse Settle with about a minute left.

“I was really proud of how our guys fought back,” said Guilliams. “We haven’t had too many chances this year in a tight game to try and claw our way back into it, but we did.

“Unfortunately for us, that intensity level was a little too late. I think if we had another five minutes it could have been a different story, but again that just shows the importance of playing a full 80 minutes and never letting up no matter what happens. We were just a little late tonight.”

The Terriers were scheduled to play Lord Botetourt at Vinyard on Wednesday, but results were too late for publication. On Friday Byrd will host Rockbridge at Vinyard with the varsity beginning at 5:30 pm.