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Defense-minded Cougars blank Prospect Hall, 4-0

October 04, 2000

Defense-minded Cougars blank Prospect Hall, 4-0



By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent


THURMONT, Md. - Catoctin boys soccer coach Jack Bentley tried a new formation to build up his defense against St. John's at Prospect Hall Tuesday night.

The new formation was effective when used, but the offense proved more effective as Catoctin defeated the Vikings, 4-0.

"We played a 3-4-3 (formation) tonight and I really wanted to control the midfield with our four midfielders," Bentley said. "Prospect Hall really didn't have much of a chance to get it past our midfield."

The Cougars improve to 3-4. The Vikings drop to 0-5-1.

Bentley said he expected the Cougars to control the game in the manner that they did.

"I knew we were a little more skilled than Prospect Hall. Last year they beat us 2-1 and a lot of these guys remembered what happened last year, so they wanted to come out strong this year."

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The Cougars scored with about 13 minutes left in the first half when Andy Folk had a goal assisted by Dennis Hill.

Cory Endlich scored again for Catoctin three minutes later. His goal was assisted by Folk.

"I think (the ball) bounced over one of our teammates and I was still right there waiting for it," Endlich said.

Midway through the second half Hill had an unassisted goal and then Chris Dumas scored later in the half to give the Cougars the 4-0 lead.

"Chris Dumas came in and played very hard, had a goal and an assist," Bentley said. "Endlich played well, Folk played well, most of my seniors and upperclassmen played well. Kenny Hinchcliffe, who's a freshman, really controlled the midfield."

"They're a very good team, they're very quick, very fast, they move nicely and they switch the ball very well too. They've got some very good players, (Hinchcliffe) is exceptionally good," St. John's head coach Birandra Sinha said. "They're technically much better than us. They can control the ball, we can't."

Catoctin goalie Chris Jurchak had five saves. The Cougars outshot the Vikings, 25-5.

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