Maroon Tide boys knock off G-Men, Buffaloes

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By The Gazette

The Galax boys’ soccer team remained undefeated for the year after a pair of late-week victories, edging Graham 2-1 on Thursday and taking a 2-0 nonconference decision Friday from Floyd County, with both games played at Galax High School.

The Maroon Tide (7-0-1) trailed early after a beautiful play by Graham in the seventh minute. A Sam Stowers corner kick from the left sailed well past the goal but Will Olive headed the ball back and just inside the left post for a 1-0 G-Men lead.

Galax got on the board just seconds before the half when Dominic DiGiacomo converted a Mario Carranza assist for a tying goal.

The pair reversed roles for the game-winner as DiGiacomo fed Carranza midway through the second half and Carranza finished the play for the final 2-1 score.

Misael Solis had five saves for the Maroon Tide, which outshot Graham 19-8.

“This was a good, physical game and I am proud of my boys for finding a way to win,” said Galax coach Troy Barkley.

Friday night Galax maintained possession for most of the night, giving up just two shots to the Buffaloes in the Maroon Tide’s 2-0 win.

DiGiacomo connected on a direct kick from just outside the 18 midway through the first half as Galax took a 1-0 lead into the break.

Juan Sanchez scored off an assist from Sebastian Gomez in the 49th minute to cap the scoring.

Galax outshot Floyd County 17-2 overall. 

Grayson County 1, Fort Chiswell 0: John Bilbrey scored off of an assist from Micah Cowley midway through the second half Thursday to lift the Blue Devils to the narrow victory over the Pioneers in Max Meadows.

James Williams had five saves for Grayson County (2-1).

Blacksburg 9, Carroll County 0: Beau Houchins and Bradford Mills each scored a pair of goals as the Bruins (5-0-1) remained undefeated with the River Ridge District win Friday in Blacksburg.

Cesar Tenorio stopped 13 shots for Carroll County. 



Galax 17, Graham 2: The Maroon Tide unloaded for 11 runs in the bottom of the third inning to pull away from the G-Girls in a 5-inning MED romp Friday at Mountain View Park.

Brooklyn Key had drilled a two-run homer to give Galax a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second before the fireworks started in the third. Key had a two-run double in addition to RBI singles from Brittany Byrd, Taylor Ashworth and Madison Shupe. Four more runs crossed on Graham errors.

The Maroon Tide tacked on four runs in the fourth on a two-run Shupe homer, an RBI single by Jessica Berry and a run-scoring Key double.

Key was 3-for-4 with two doubles, the home run and five RBIs while Shupe went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead Galax offensively. Kylee Hill and Brittany Byrd added two hits each. Byrd also had four stolen bases and scored four runs.

Lauren Garvey limited the G-Girls to a lone single in five innings of work, striking out 12 and walking one.

Carroll County 6, Blacksburg 0: Gracie Davidson allowed just three hits over seven innings, striking out nine and walking none, as the Cavaliers blanked the Bruins in a River Ridge District game Friday in Hillsville.

Davidson only allowed five baserunners all day and faced four more than the minimum as Carroll County improved to 5-1 with the win.

Offensively the Cavaliers stayed busy all afternoon, banging out 14 hits, all of them singles. Cheyenne Strickland singled home Sydney Childress for a 1-0 lead in the first and Carroll added two runs in the third with RBIs from Kendall Hiatt and Davidson.

Gracie Lindsey went 3-for-3 with an RBI, Strickland was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Tiffany Moore added two hits to lead the Cavaliers.

See summaries in Scoreboard.



Graham 6, Galax 0: Lindsey Gray and Caroline Wilkinson each scored two goals as the G-Girls blanked the Maroon Tide in an MED match Thursday in Galax. Caroline Kammer and Morgan Whisman also scored for Graham (5-1).

Blacksburg 7, Carroll County 0: Jean Everett scored three goals and assisted on two more as the Bruins blanked the Cavaliers Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.