When Rustburg and Jefferson Forest varsity boys’ soccer teams stepped on the field Thursday, they were both undefeated, with the up-and-coming Reds a half game ahead of the perennial powerhouse Cavs. It was a showdown for first place in the Seminole District. When the final whistle sounded, it was the visitors from Forest who remained unbeaten, and the home team Devils had experienced their first defeat of the 2019 season.
JF had to abandon its usual possession-based style of play in favor of a more direct approach in order to be successful against Rustburg’s competitive squad on the narrow field.
“Coming here we knew it was going to be a battle, but I prepared my guys with a different style of play,” explained JF head coach Scott Zaring. “It wasn’t the prettiest style, but it got the job done. My kids did a good job with the new strategy. Give credit to Rustburg, though. They made us have to change.”
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