William Monroe girls soccer team took a play straight out of the University of Virginia’s men’s basketball team on redemption.
Coming off their first loss of the season to crosstown rival Madison High School on April 9, the team shut out visiting Manassas Park April 11, ending the district matchup 8-0 in a mercy rule.
“That (loss) hurt,” Jeremy Lamm, Monroe head coach, said of the Madison game. “We shared a lot about UVA this week and how resilient they were from last year to this year. We talked to the girls about playing as a unit and playing together. We kind of lost our way Tuesday night. Everybody was trying to play as individuals and not as a team.”
Play as a team against Manassas Park they did, as four team members scored a total of eight goals for the Dragons—ending last Thursday’s game early due to the mercy rule that ends the game if one team is ahead by eight points in 20 minutes.
Freshman Sydney Devory kicked things off for the Dragons 10 minutes into the game, scoring the first goal on an assist from senior Anna Baker. Two minutes later, Baker assisted sophomore Sydney Dombrovskis who scored for the Dragons, advancing the score to 2-0.
With just more than 18 minutes remaining in the first half, Baker scored her first goal of the evening on a header. As the final minutes ticked to halftime, senior Molly Earle passed a through ball to freshman Jordan Foley, ending the first half 4-0 in favor of Monroe.
At the start of the second half, Dombrovskis scored two goals in two minutes—one on a solo run and another off a through ball from senior Olivia Binggeli.
“She’s just fast as lighting, strong and powerful with her shot,” Lamm said of Dombrovskis. “If she decides she’s going to the goal, she’s going to the goal.”
A mere two minutes passed before Foley scored again off a rebound, putting the Dragons up 7-0 against Manassas Park. With 32 minutes remaining in the game, Devory scored her second goal of the night. Consistent with the mercy rule, the game continued until 20 minutes were played. Since the Cougars were unable to put up any points, the game ended early as Monroe notched an 8-0 victory in their first district game of the year.
“Today it was more the quality of the players seeing those through balls,” Dombrovskis said. “It’s just really a turnaround for us and redemption. We definitely needed that confidence boost.”
William Monroe (5-1 overall and 1-0 in the Northwestern District) was scheduled to play Culpeper County High School after press time. Their next home game is Tuesday, April 23 against Skyline High School at 7 p.m.