Early-season showdowns against Virginia Beach City await unbeaten Legacy 76

JAMES CITY – Off to a sound 2-0-1 start, Legacy 76 enters an important two-match stretch with back-to-back games ahead against rival Virginia Beach City FC.

Legacy 76, sitting atop the National Premier Soccer League Mid-Atlantic Division standings, travels to Virginia Beach Saturday before the return match next Wednesday at Wanner Stadium.

Legacy 76 stayed unbeaten Saturday night at Wanner with a 5-3 win over ASA Charge of Maryland, getting goals from former William and Mary forward Reilly Maw and one each from Andres Irvin, Jimmy Grace, and Aaron Kaye.

Legacy 76 scored the first three before ASA Charge pulled two back in the second half.

The Williamsburg outfit went up 5-2 in the 90th minute and the visitors got the last score on a penalty kick in extra time.

Beach City lost its first match of the season last time out against Fredericksburg, making Saturday’s match against Legacy 76 a big one for both sides.

“They have good players and they play a good brand,” Legacy 76 coach Kevin Darcy said. “It will be a good match Saturday. We’ll find a lot out Saturday.”

Former Christopher Newport University player Henry Gotay is off to a strong start for Legacy 76 in midfield, leading the team in points, while Darcy also credited the form of Maw and Alec Faulkner, another CNU product.

Andrew Hoxie, a former 2010 MLS SuperDraft pick of the San Jose Earthquakes, recently won a Major Arena Soccer League championship with the Baltimore Blast before debuting with Legacy 76 in its season opener last month. Hoxie hasn’t returned to the fold since, but still remains in Legacy 76’ deep player pool.

“The guys who have been here have really developed and come together,” Darcy said. “It will never hurt you to have a Hoxie when he’s in there, that’s for sure. We welcome him anytime he’s available, but I like the direction that the pool is going, currently.”

Legacy 76’ Jeremy Brooker knows what to expect from Beach City as well as anyone. The former Denbigh Baptist standout grew up playing with many of members of their team and noted their individual talent, while touting the cohesiveness of Legacy 76.

Brooker, who plays forward, midfield and defense for Legacy 76, said he will transfer from Central Christian College of Kansas to Chowan University in North Carolina for the fall.

“I think it’s going to continue to be all 10 (regular-season) games and come down to the final day,” Brooker said, “but right now, we’ve put ourselves in a beautiful position to go on the road this Saturday and if we take three (points), we’ll be in the driver’s seat with a game on everybody.”

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