Tonight at Appomattox County High School, the Nelson County Governors defeated the Appomattox Raiders 2-1 in a double overtime boys soccer game that was to likely determine the 2021 winner of the Dogwood District.
The Governors stand at 8-1-1 overall as the Raiders fall to 7-2 with one week remaining in regular season play. Both Raider losses have been to the Governors. The Dogwood District online calendar does not show any more scheduled games for Nelson County, making them Dogwood champions.
The final outcome of tonight's crucial contest didn't come without controversy, however, as the Raiders were called for a tripping penalty just outside their own goal box with about two minutes remaining in the second overtime period.
The Appomattox coaching staff disputed the call as it appeared that Jonas Zawhorodny of Nelson County had instead slipped on the ball or the grass field. The call stood, however, and Zawhorodny was granted a free kick. The Raiders formed a defensive wall in front of goalie Trey Torrence, but the kick went right under the wall as they jumped and into the lower right corner of the net for what proved to be the winning score.
Appomattox head coach Evans Thomas disagreed with the call and said he will watch replay tape of the controversial play, but did not blame the loss on the officials. Thomas conceded that several missed scoring opportunities in regulation time is what ultimately cost the Raiders the game.
The lone goal for Appomattox was scored by Corey Williams to tie the game at 1-1 in the first half. Nelson County had taken a 1-0 lead at the 11:11 mark of the first half on a goal by Danilo Miraz-Lezardo.
Appomattox will host Chatham at 5:30 p.m. Monday on Senior Night.
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