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No. 2 Cougars aim for top

September 24, 1998

No. 2 Cougars aim for top

Jefferson shuts out No. 6 Martinsburg, stays undefeated

Martinsburg vs. JeffersonBy CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

photos: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Tammy Miller wasn't doing a lot of kicking or screaming Wednesday night.

The Jefferson girls soccer coach admits being intolerant of defensive mistakes, but with a 5-0 thrashing of rival Martinsburg Wednesday night, there was little for the No. 2-ranked Cougars coach to be upset about - except not being No. 1.

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"We're upset," Miller said at least somewhat facetiously. "We think we should be No. 1, and I think some of the parents will tell you the same thing. This makes 26 goals for, and three against in seven games, with four shutouts. What more do you want?"

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The only blemish on Jefferson's 6-0-1 record is a season opening 1-1 tie against Buckhannon, but with Thomas Johnson not allowing a goal all year, climbing to the top spot appears unlikely for now.

Still, there was no arguing about the Cougars defensive work against the No. 6 Bulldogs (4-3-1).

"The girls on this team know if they don't play defense, they're on the hot seat," said Miller. "That's one area in which I won't accept mistakes. And (captain) Jessica Skarzinski gets a lot of the credit. She's the defensive leader. She really gets them going."

Martinsburg vs. JeffersonOffensively, the Cougars had some trouble getting started, but after Amy Edwards booted in the first goal on a Jenniffer Russell assist at the seventh minute of the second period, there was no stopping the Cougars.

"We started out in a 4-2," said Miller, "so we're not going to get as many shots that way. But we were making some combinations, and looking for each other, and when they do that, I'm happy."

An Edwards header late in the quarter bounced off the goal, but her sister, Lindsay Edwards headed it in for a 2-0 lead. But that still wasn't enough for Jefferson, as Bobbi Johnson made it 3-0 on the first of her three goals with just seconds remaining in the half.

"We just didn't come to play today," said Bulldogs coach Jim Skinner. "We weren't ready. I guess that's my fault, we just didn't play a physical game, and you can't do that against a team like (Jefferson). But we'll be back."

Johnson wrapped up the scoring in the third quarter with a pair of scores, including a diving goal for the 5-0 advantage.

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