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Storm in the forecast

September 28, 2000

Storm in the forecast



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

Mercersburg over JeffersonMERCERSBURG, Pa. - Every time the Jefferson boys soccer team had a 50-50 chance to move ahead Wednesday against Mercersburg Academy, the Cougars were 100 percent turned back.

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Behind senior Josh Grahe and their midfield, the Blue Storm won virtually every close ball in the second half and turned their work into goals, coming back for a 3-1 victory.

"That was the thing ... to win the 50-50 balls and really put the pressure on them in their half and it paid off," Mercersburg Academy coach Peter Kempe said. "By the end, I think Jefferson were a little bit tired."

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"You walk out on this field and it's beautiful. ... And I said it would be to our advantage," Jefferson coach Harold Bache said. "But you have to go after it, and that's part of the want, you've got to want to go after it and we lack that."

All Mercersburg lacked was a killer instinct.

"We had three or four excellent chances, and at halftime we said, 'You just can't let that go to your head," Kempe said. "We just had to think what was ahead of us, not behind us."

What was ahead was plenty of work by Grahe, who set up all three goals for the Blue Storm (3-3). His free kick in the 43rd minute was headed in by Garth Semple to tie it, and in the 59th minute, he found Teigelack up the right side, who crossed to Kevin Walsh for another head-in goal.

He finished his day six minutes later. Jefferson cleared another near-miss by the Blue Storm up the middle, but Grahe fought through three defenders and sent the ball ahead to Walsh, who tipped it past the keeper for the insurance goal.

And to think, last week that combination would not have been possible. Kempe had Grahe playing defense.

"That's something new. ... But we needed some offensive spark, and they'll create and their attitude that the team knows they can step it up," Kempe said. "Josh, Adam (Fang) in the defensive midfield and Kevin made the difference today."

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