Raiders suffer first soccer loss

Published 8:04 am Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BLACKSTONE—Following a 5-0 start to the 2010 soccer season, Southampton Academy traveled to Blackstone on Monday to face the Kenston Forest School Cavaliers in a matchup of Virginia Commonwealth Conference rivals.

The home team prevailed 5-3, handing the Raiders their first loss.

SA quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of play on a muddy pitch, with both goals coming from Drey Chrysatomous and the defense pulling the offsides trap effectively.

The Kavaliers answered with three straight goals from quick forward play to take the lead. With only seconds left in the first half, Chrysatomous was tackled in the penalty area and awarded a free kick, which he converted to tie the game 3-3 at the half. It also gave him his third hat trick of the season.

The Kavaliers scored two additional goals late in the second half to take the lead and eventually win the game. The Raiders missed several opportunities to score and could not convert.

The 5-1 Raiders will host Brunswick Academy at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, preceded by a junior-varsity game against Rock Church School at 3 p.m.

In action last week, rival isle of Wight Academy came to town in a Thursday night matchup of two unbeaten teams, but Southampton Academy’s solid defense and opportunistic offense led the Raiders to a 3-1 victory.

Chrysatomous scored in the first half off an assist from Cody Barksdale and the Raiders ended the half with a 1-0 lead. In the second half Chrysatomous scored again off an assist from his brother, Tim, then returned the favor by giving his big brother a well played ball in the middle for the team’s third goal.

The Chargers converted late in the second half as time expired.