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Prep Soccer Notepad: Cyclones deliver big surprise to Cougars

When the Eastern View boys soccer team faced Courtland earlier this season, things got ugly.

With about 10 minutes left in regulation, the Cougars took an 8–0 lead, and the game was halted because of the mercy rule.

“They put us out of our misery,” Eastern View coach Chris Greene said.

The two teams met again last Friday night, and there was little reason to think the result would be much different.

After all, Eastern View’s lone win at that point was against Caroline.

“Our goal was just to give them a better game,” Greene said. “We just wanted to improve on our last showing.”

Then the Cyclones went out and stunned the first-place Cougars, 1–0, securing the biggest win in their program’s history.

Greene said the Cyclones completed the upset by limiting their mistakes and successfully playing the ball to their outside midfielders.

In the 64th minute, Nate Swarens fired a crossing pass that somehow found the net, giving Eastern View the only goal that it needed.

At the final whistle, after Courtland had suffered its first district loss this season, the Cyclones were overcome with joy.

“It was hysteria,” Greene said. “It was a huge win. Everybody rushed the field and went and tackled Nathan. They knew how big the win was.”

Eastern View followed that victory with another win over Caroline on Tuesday night. The Cyclones will go for their third consecutive win when they face Chancellor on Friday.

BATTLING FOR POSITION

The Albemarle girls sewed up the Commonwealth District’s regular-season crown several games ago. But with just one match remaining, there is plenty to be sorted out to determine seeding for the upcoming district tournament.

Colonial Forge and Riverbend are tied for second place, followed by Mountain View and North Stafford, and the four teams are separated by just one game in the standings.

By finishing second or third, those teams could avoid facing Albemarle until the title game.

EAGLES CONTINUE TO SOAR

The Colonial Forge boys clinched the Commonwealth District’s regular-season crown on Wednesday night, defeating Massaponax, 3–1.

The Eagles (13–2) finish the regular season Friday against Orange.

—Adam Himmelsbach

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