The Washington Blue Lion soccer teams hosted the teams from Jackson High School for the first time as members of the new Frontier Athletic Conference Tuesday evening.
The cool weather and showers gave way to some much-welcome sunshine and a beautiful rainbow at the end of the first match, which saw Jackson’s varsity boys team defeat Washington, 5-1.
The match was tied, 0-0 at the half.
“They really did out-work us in the second half,” Washington head coach Aaron Teter said. “They had a couple of good goals and a couple of freak goals, but, they out-hustled us in the second half.
“I was really proud of our guys in the first half,” Teter said. “Our defense was lock down. They had a couple of good shots from outside, but we had everything covered.
“And the offense, I thought maybe we could move a couple of guys around and it would work for us in the second,” Teter said. “Maybe we ran out of gas, but nothing worked for us at that point and they scored five goals.
“We still had some fight,” Teter said. “Jack Luebbe scored the final goal of the game on a direct kick from about 25 yards out.”
It was Senior Night for Washington and the Blue Lions recognized their nine seniors: Kenny Arboleta, Alan Bailey, Isaiah Barden, Jordan Behm, Matthew Gilmore, Nate Horton, Jack Luebbe, Max Schroeder and Darion Streitenberger.
Schroeder, Luebbe, Behm and Barden have been with Washington soccer since the sixth grade, which was the first year of the middle school club team.
“They would be the first players to play seven years of Blue Lion soccer,” Teter said. Senior Jaelyn Mason from the Lady Blue Lions team is also in her seventh year with the girls’ program. The other two Lady Lion seniors are Savanna Davis and Tessa Yoakum.
Horton and Streitenberger are both in their sixth year with the program.
Washington is now 0-4 overall, 0-2 in the FAC with a match Wednesday at Fairfield High School (Leesburg) and then an FAC match at McClain Thursday.