The Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors (4-5-0) saw their three-game winning streak snapped Friday in a 1-0 loss to the Northern Virginia Royals in Fairfax, Va.
Joseph Barnd scored the game's lone goal in the 82nd minute as the Royals (2-4-4) snapped a three-game winless streak. Northern Virginia goalie Joel Hemrick earned the shutout.
For the King’s Warriors, their road woes continued. Southern West Virginia is winless on the road this season at 0-4-0 and has been outscored 13-1 in games away from Beckley.
First-year goalkeeper Stephen Moffitt started for the King’s Warriors and suffered his third defeat against one victory. SWV has been shut out in three of Moffitt’s four starts this season, giving him no offensive support in his defeats.
One bright spot for the King’s Warriors was the return of player-assistant coach Harry Sherwood. The SWV captain has missed three of the team’s last four games, the last two due to a minor injury. The other missed game by Sherwood was on June 15 against the Carolina Dynamo due to receiving a red card in a loss the previous day to the SC United Bantams.
“Credit to Northern Virginia,” said Sherwood. “They played a tough game. They took a half chance late on, and it proved to be the difference.
“We are devastated, not by the result, but because individually and collectively we know we are capable of much more. If our standard is perfection, today we fell short of this. We can’t wait to put it right next time.”