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Salem soccer girls will host tourney

Salem’s Spartan Field will be the host of the girls’ River Ridge District soccer tournament next week while the boys tournament is held at Bogle Field at Cave Spring Middle School.


The Salem girls will be the second seed in the tournament, providing the Spartans beat weak Pulaski County tonight, which they should. That game will be at Spartan Field tonight.



Salem boys keeper Ellison Heil makes a diving save against Hidden Valley. Photo by Brian Hoffman
Salem boys keeper Ellison Heil makes a diving save against Hidden Valley. Photo by Brian Hoffman

Blacksburg is the top seed in the district at 9-0-1 and Salem would be second at 6-1-3 if the Spartans polish off Pulaski. Hidden Valley is the third seed, and the Titans should play Salem in the second game of next Wednesday’s semifinal doubleheader at Spartan Field. The championship is Friday, May 28.



Salem’s girls tied Hidden Valley on Tuesday, 2-2. Salem led 2-1 at the half but the Titans tied it up with 20 minutes left. All the Spartans needed was a tie to hold on to second, and they had no chance of catching Blacksburg for first.


Last Friday at Christiansburg Kim Elmore scored two goals, both assisted by Harmon Hall, in a 2-1 win over the Demons.


The Salem boys are 1-7-1 with one game left, at Pulaski tonight. Salem lost to Hidden Valley at Bogle Field Tuesday, 5-1. Johnny Hughes scored his 14th goal of the season for Salem’s only goal.


“Johnny never gives up, and our whole team should follow that attitude,” said Jones. “I was a little disappointed at how we played in the first half Tuesday. We were hoping to have a better showing with the district coming up.”


Salem will open district play Monday at Christiansburg, then the tournament moves to Bogle Field. Salem is 4-8-3 overall, including a 1-1 tie with Christiansburg at Spartan Field last Friday. Michael Stick scored off an assist from Hughes and the Demons scored their goal on a penalty kick. The game was called midway through the overtime period due to lightning.

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