Appomattox Soccer prepares for first state tournament appearance

Appomattox goaltender Everette Phelps (center) dives for a ball during practice on Wednesday, as the Raiders prepare for their first state tournament appearance. (Photo: Dave Walls/WSET)

APPOMATTOX, Va. (WSET) - Fans of Appomattox County High School are familiar with Raiders success in the state football tournament. Now they're seeing their boys soccer team make a little history of their own.

The 17-3 Raiders make their state tournament debut this Friday at 3:00pm, against 2A East champs Maggie Walker, on the Cupp Stadium field at Radford University. Head coach Travis O'Brien's squad rolled through Conference and Region tournament play, with the exception of a 1-0 loss to Giles in the Region finals. However, against such a highly touted opponent as Giles, players say their performance in that match has given the team a new sense of confidence.

Senior Center-Mid Adam Vaughan says "A lot of people were really doubting us, coming into that game (against Giles), only one goal behind what a lot of people think is the 'already-state champion' showed us that we did mean to be here." Fellow Senior Noah Williams agrees, and says the Raiders are ready to keep this ride going. "No other team from Appomattox has gone this far in soccer, and to be able to do it is a crazy feat. It's great for the school, it's great for the county. For us, individually, as players, nothing can beat this feeling."

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