Windsor wins district soccer crown

Published 11:28 pm Friday, May 22, 2009

Christian Daniels scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Windsor High School to a 4-2 soccer win over Appomattox Regional Governors School in the Tri-Rivers District tournament championship game Friday night.

The Dukes avenged a loss to the Dragons late in the season, which, along with a tie against Surry County High School, had dropped Windsor into second place in the district. By finishing second, the Dukes qualify for a Group A Region A playoff spot but will have to play Nandua on the road at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Windsor struck first at 25:56 of the first half. Daniels took a shot at goalie Alexander Kolb that bounced off Kolb’s hands. Windsor’s Paul Bryant was there to knock in the rebound for a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later, Malik Thomas ducked down to knock in a head past Windsor goalie Jacob Tynes to tie the game at 1-1.

The Dukes (8-5-3) took the lead for good with 2:06 left to play in the first half when Daniels scored on a shot that ricocheted off an ARGS player. Daniels then scored during stoppage time late in the first half on a corner kick. The ball slid through Kolb’s hands to give the Dukes a 3-1 lead.

Daniels, who was named the TRD Player of the Year, loves soccer, according to Windsor coach Matt Burgess.

“When we sat down at the coaches meeting, he was one of the only choices for that award,” Burgess said. “It shows that he loves this game and plays as hard as he can.”

ARGS made the game closer in the second half when Caleb Southall knocked in a rebound off Tynes.

The clincher for Windsor was scored by freshman Ryan Brant, who took a pass, dribbled 30 yards through traffic, made two moves and connected from five yards to put the Dukes up 4-2 with 11:22 to play in the game.

“We brought him up from JV halfway through the season,” Burgess said about Brant. “We are looking forward to him for the next three seasons.”

Windsor lost twice to Nandua, 4-1 and 4-2, during the regular season.

“We are going to have to carry this wave of momentum if we want to have a chance against them. They are a tough team,” Burgess said.

Windsor was knocked out of the postseason last year in the first round by King William High School.