Dukes aim for district title

Published 8:40 am Friday, May 8, 2009

WINDSOR—The soccer program at Windsor High School has always been competitive, but has always had Appomattox Regional Governor School as its top nemesis. With a big 1-0 win over Franklin on Tuesday and a previous victory over ARGS this season, the Dukes could take the Tri-Rivers District regular season championship next week.

Windsor (5-3-2 overall and 4-0 in the TRD) downed a much-improved Franklin team on a penalty kick in the second half by Christian Daniels. A strong effort by Windsor goalie Jacob Tynes helped seal the victory.

“He’s very stable and doesn’t take too many dumb chances,” said Windsor head coach Matt Burgess about his goalie. “There are many times when you will see him diving at the far corners and the post. It doesn’t seem like it’s anywhere near him, but he’s just doing it to make sure it happens.”

Burgess said he likes to keep an offensive tempo going to put less pressure on his defense. The Dukes managed to keep the Franklin defense on its heels much of the game, even though Franklin had a distinct speed advantage.

“I figure if we can keep it going on their side most of the game, we won’t have to run our defense too hard, but having several fast people back there and such a good goalie makes me comfortable back there,” Burgess said.

Burgess said former offensive player Jacob Moseley has been a tough competitor on defense.

“I used to play him on offense all the time but he’s been really strong on defense and our cornerstone,” Burgess said.

Windsor beat ARGS 4-2 at home earlier in the season and will face the Dragons on the road on Wednesday, May 13. The game will likely determine the number one seed in the TRD tournament, which begins May 19 in Windsor.

“They (ARGS) have actually won the district most years I’ve been here,” Burgess said. “They always have a really strong team. I think they have lost some seniors,” Burgess said. “They have always been our most serious competition. The only time we came close was when we beat them for the district tournament two years back.”