Packers, Jamestown to tangle again, this time for boys soccer state championship
Published 9:22 pm Friday, June 9, 2023
Familiar foes Smithfield and Jamestown will meet again Saturday with a Class 4 boys soccer state championship on the line.
In Friday’s semifinals, Coach Jason Henderson’s Packers, 16-6-1, beat Loudoun County in a shootout after scoreless regulation play. The title game is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Spotsylvania County, part of the Virginia High School League’s Spring Jubilee.
Heading into the state tournament, Henderson pointed to a May 5 loss to Jamestown in Bay Rivers District play as a turning point in the Packers’ season.
“We came back to tie it at 3-3 and ended up losing 4-3, but scored three goals in about a span of 10 minutes,” he noted. “I knew then that we had something special. It just took us a long time in the season to figure it out, and we saved that for the regional run.”
On June 1, Smithfield beat Jamestown 4-2 for the Region 4A crown.
The Packers will be looking for their second state title in three seasons. Jamestown, 20-4, advanced to the title game by blanking Jefferson Forest 2-0.
It will be the Bay Rivers rivals’ fourth matchup this season.
A $10 general admission ticket covers access to both the soccer and baseball title games Saturday.
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