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Cougars play now, rest later

August 30, 2000

Cougars play now, rest later



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

CougarsMARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In the Jefferson girls soccer program, players learn they play hard for four days - or they might not play at all.

The Cougars get the day off Friday if they pick up wins during the week, and they'll get a lengthy Labor Day weekend after Wednesday's 2-0 win in on-again, off-again showers at Martinsburg.

"We play a full transition game," Jefferson coach Tammy Miller said. "Every girl knows we may keep one back, and if they don't transition ..."

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"You get pulled out," chimed in backup goalkeeper Kate Moore.

No one on the Cougars' side, especially in the midfield, was in danger of being pulled against the Bulldogs (4-2). Jefferson controlled things behind All-Area selection Jenniffer Russell and good work from Ellen Brosh, using their size and skills to neutralize Martinsburg's overall speed.

"I don't make any excuses and you can't take anything away from Jefferson," Martinsburg coach Tim Michael said. "(My) team was up for two rivals back-to-back. Tonight, we just didn't start fast enough."

Jefferson (2-0) got both of its goals off mistakes by Martinsburg keeper Toccara Skye. She came out of her goal in the 25th minute to corral a ball left of the net, but didn't pick it up. Instead, Brosh dribbled around her and fired into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Then, in the 50th minute, Skye again decided not to pick up the ball inside the box, and it cost her. Her foot clearance deflected right off Erin Bradley's back and into the back of the net.

The Bulldogs (4-2) finished with only eight shots, and missed several other opportunities on the few occasions they got through the Cougars' offside trap. Beth Walsh preserved the shutout with two minutes to go, perfectly timing her leap to catch a shot from Jennifer Canby.

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