New formation aids CHS

Published 9:41 am Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Central High School’s varsity soccer team enters this week, the final week of the regular season, with confidence based on its recent play and some changes made that led to this improvement.

“The team is playing well together,” Chargers Head Coach Hunter Dipaolo said. “We have changed up the formation and tweaked some minor things that seem to fit our style of play better.”

With two games left on the schedule before the postseason, Central possesses an overall record of 4-9-1. The Chargers played one game last week, falling 7-0 to host Prince Edward County High School, the No. 2 team in the James River District.

“Prince Edward is a great team,” Dipaolo said. “They outplayed us.”

The Chargers’ game prior to that contest came May 1 when they defeated host Randolph-Henry High School 3-0.

“The new formation gave the team more confidence and an extra boost mentally,” Dipaolo said, highlighting the deciding factors in the road win.

Providing the offense for Central was junior striker/midfielder Hunter Meade, who scored twice, and senior defender/midfielder Sam Watson, who scored once.

The Chargers visit Nottoway High School on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and close the regular season Thursday at home against Amelia County High School at 4:30 p.m.

After this, Central will enter the Region 1B tournament, expecting a tough challenge in the first round.