Martinsburg boys win coach's unexpected debut

August 21, 2000

Martinsburg boys win coach's unexpected debut

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jason DeBaugh's first request as coach of the Martinsburg boys soccer team got a resounding positive response.


"I said I didn't want us to have a zero up there or lose with one goal - I asked for two goals. Then we got them, and I asked for more," DeBaugh said with a laugh. "They answered."

The Bulldogs found themselves down by two after the first quarter, then exploded in the last 30 minutes to win 5-2 Monday night at Cobourn Field in DeBaugh's unexpected coaching debut.

The Bulldogs were stunned by the abrupt resignation of coach Tim Miller Saturday, one day after a season-opening victory over Musselman. Miller accepted a teaching job at a high school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and is already in the Sunshine State.


That left DeBaugh, a first-year assistant, to take control.

"We did a lot of breakfasts before the year at everyone's houses and got to know him real well," sophomore Brian Beverly said. "But (DeBaugh's) filling some big shoes."

The Gaels also left the Bulldogs to fill a big hole just 18 minutes into the game, when Ben Hood's 25-yard laser went into the upper right corner for a 2-0 lead. They had taken the lead when Steve Kamas picked up a poor clear and put it in the net in the eighth minute.

"We're very young, yes," Goretti coach Marty Wills said. "This was our first time looking at anything, so we expected to hold our shape and deny them space. We did that for about 40 minutes or so."

The other 40 minutes, though, turned into a clinic on ball control and sheer speed. Martinsburg (2-0) kept playing its inside-out game and finally found paydirt in the 51st minute. Adam Miller crossed in from the right side, and Bradley Dodson left-footed past Goretti keeper A.J. McGarity.

Two minutes later off a busted corner play, Gareth Hobbs headed home a cross that flicked off Daniel Ansari to tie the game, 2-2.

"We know how to handle a little pressure," Dodson said. "We got down a couple and turned it up twice as hard."

The reeling Gaels nearly took the lead back in stoppage time of the third quarter on Jay Gill's lob, but Martinsburg countered as Beverly outraced two defenders and beat McGarity again to his left side for a 3-2 game.

"Our midfield started to panic when they scored," Wills said. "We pushed up and got drawn out, and that gave them a nice midfield hole and they took advantage."

Martinsburg kept pressing in the fourth, and widened its lead when Hobbs crushed a 17-yarder across the box into the goal for a 4-2 lead with seven minutes to play. Beverly closed the scorebook with two minutes to play, scoring one pass after a long free kick.

"Patience is a discipline this team has," DeBaugh said. "Not only are they this caliber of players, but they're mature - especially with everything that's happened over the past few days."

As the players filed out to their cars and homes, a Martinsburg player yelled up to the field, "Way to go, coach!"

DeBaugh stood on the field, smiled, and shook his head.

"It's been nice ... Tonight was perfect," DeBaugh said.

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