Jamestown’s girls and boys soccer teams dedicated each of their Region I semifinal matchups Tuesday night to their former schoolmate, Trevor Times, whose body was recovered Tuesday morning after he went missing while swimming in College Creek located off the Parkway in Williamsburg Monday afternoon.
Times, a touted area golf prospect who had earned a full ride to play for East Carolina University next season, presumably drowned while police say he was attempting to swim 75 yards off shore to a sand bar Monday.
After learning the news – some Monday night, others first thing Tuesday morning at at school – there’s no telling exactly what was going through the home team players’ heads as they took the field less than 24 hours later, but the many emotions that were likely swirling were admirably channeled into outstanding performances by both teams.
Jamestown’s girls kicked off the double-header with a 5-1 victory over Culpeper before the boys’ team trampled over Prince Edward County 14-1 as each team secured a spot in Thursday’s Region I semifinals to move one win away from a berth in next week’s Group AA state tournament.
Jamestown’s girls will host district rival Tabb, who edged Chancellor 2-1 in overtime Monday night, at 6 p.m. followed by the boys Bay Rivers District showdown with York, who shut out King George 3-0 Tuesday.
“It’s a horrible situation that we need to make the best of,” said Jamestown senior Patrick Kelly, the district’s Player of the Year who scored four goals in the Eagles’ one-sided romp. “Soccer has always been a way, at least for me, to let everything out and it feels good to come out here and get it done for [Trevor].
“We’re dedicating the rest of our season to him.”
Jamestown girls’ soccer senior Jaelyn Coates said it was about learning how to handle adversity and channel it in a positive way.
“The sadness that came from the tragedy, we said we were going to use that to play inspired rather than get us down, and that’s what we did,” said Coates, who will remember Times, an aspiring neurosurgeon, for helping her pass Anatomy as well as her lunchtime buddy who would playfully throw food her way just so he could lend out a killer smile.
“He lights up the room with that smile,” added Coates’ senior teammate and friend Nicolette Young, who shares those lunchtime memories along with many others. “He was an amazing person who touched so many people’s hearts. He’s really going to be missed; we miss him a lot already but we know he’s in a better place.”
Jamestown Girls Handle Culpeper 5-1
Paige Majdic got the scoring started for Jamestown less than two minutes into the action after taking a pass from Alex Dayton and slotting it into goal from five yards out.
“It always helps to put a goal in early, but today was all about the team and overcoming the adversity they had to face,” Eagles’ coach Michelle Dawson said after the game. “We talked to some of the girls and told them this is adversity; this is life. We reminded them that you have to make the most of it and focus on the game today, because [Times] would want you to do that.”
The adversity didn’t stop there, as Culpeper answered roughly 10 minutes later after Haley Whitham beelined a shot from 25 yards that sailed over the hands of Eagles’ keeper Hannah Sams.
Jamestown, however, regained a 2-1 advantage moments after the midpoint of the first half on a beautiful exchange between Shelby Foret and Aaliyah Lyttle.
Lyttle dribbled down the middle of the field before crossing over to Foret on the right side. Just before reaching the touch line, Foret crossed the ball back into the middle right in front of Lyttle, who finished from point-blank range.
Senior captain Jaelyn Coates put the Eagles up 3-1 with just under 15 minutes to play in the half with a booming shot from 10 yards out after Culpeper goalie Quinn-Lynn Bates tapped the ball out of scramble in front of net.
The Eagles continued to dominate the second half, tacking on two more scores to put the game out of reach.
Foret headed a shot in the first 12 minutes into the second half after Young’s attempt deflected off the cross bar.
With just under 10 minutes to go in regulation, Bailey Christian blasted a shot from the right side with enough force that it sailed right through the hands of Culpeper’s keeper.
“We knew we had to win today,” added Jamestown senior defender Leah Matthews. “Obviously everyone’s thoughts were with Trevor [Times] because he was just a great person and a great athlete.
“As a fellow senior athlete I just wanted to go out there and get this win for him.”
Cullom Ties School Record as Jamestown Boys Thump Prince Edward
What began as a Region I semifinal game turned into target practice for Jamestown’s boys soccer team.
The Eagles scored 10 goals – that’s right, 10 – in the first 40 minutes behind five goals from Jon Cullom and another hat trick from Patrick Kelly as Jamestown led 10-0 at the half.
Cullom tied a school record with his sixth goal of the game just moments into the second half before being subbed out for the remainder of the contest.
“He wanted to go for it (the record), so I told him he could have him a few minutes to go for it,” Jamestown coach Bobby O’Brien said. “He got it pretty quickly, so that was enough for him.”
O’Brien rested most of his starters during the second half as the Eagles eased up on their attack and fell back into a more defensive-oriented set.
The 14 goals scored were a season-high for the Eagles, who netted 13 in a single game earlier this season against Bruton.
“We had a lot on our mind during the game and just tried to keep a clear mind and stay focused,” said senior captain Dan Geyer, who chipped in with a goal and two assists.
Jamestown now must prepare for a streaking York team that won seven straight, including an upset of the top-seeded Eagles in last week’s Bay Rivers District tournament semifinals, which was the first loss for Jamestown’s boys in 33 district games.
Significant implications will be riding on Thursday’s contest, as the winner will earn a berth in next week’s AA state tournament in Blacksburg.
“Everyone was a little off the last game (against York), and with everything that’s going on this week, preparation is going to be the biggest thing for us,” Geyer added.