Charlottesville boys soccer is getting healthy right now and that could be a major problem for future opponents.
“It’s going to be huge because we’ve been playing these games and we’ve had 12 on the bench or 13 on the bench,” said Charlottesville coach Stephan Cost. “We’ve lost seven starters for some amount of time. It’s good to have everyone getting back and healthy.”
With that full complement of players back in the fold, the Black Knights cruised past Orange County Thursday 10-1, with a hat trick by Charlottesville freshman Malcolm Brickhouse leading the way. Ayat Mohammed and Amdane Sanda chipped in two goals each while sophomore Deo Magar, junior Kyle Lehnert and Herbert Ryan scored one each. Ryan’s goal was particularly exciting for the Black Knights, as he’s traditionally been a keeper for Charlottesville but the Black Knights got a chance to shift around positions with a solid lead.
“I sometimes shy away from doing that stuff because we’re not here to show off, we want to compete and compete fairly and they’re a good team,” Cost said. “It’s nice and all because he’s a senior.”
Magar, Mohamed, Lehnert, Campbell Brickhouse and Nate Fisher each notched an assist for the Black Nights.
Charlottesville jumped on the Hornets right out of the gate, scoring two quick goals in the opening minutes. That was just too rough of a start to recover from for an improving Orange County team that has had some solid moments this year, including holding Western Albemarle to five goals.
“We dug ourselves a hole and against a team of that quality that’s just going to be a tough climb,” said Orange coach Ben Freeman. “But the rest of that half we fought back, we were trying to make stuff happen and we got a goal but they were just relentless tonight.”
Darius Minor scored the Hornets’ lone goal while freshman keeper Kyle Irby played well despite facing a barrage of close range shots from a dynamic, motivated Charlottesville attack.
The Black Knights host Powhatan Monday night while Orange looks to rebound against Fluvanna at home the same night.