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CV hands Trojans usual roadblock

October 05, 2000

CV hands Trojans usual roadblock



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - What would it be like for the Chambersburg boys soccer team to not lose against Cumberland Valley?

"If we came out of this game with a win or a tie, it's ...," said Trojans coach Graham Messner, who finally came up with some sort of mumble, but it wasn't anything you could find in the dictionary, much less pronounce again.

The Eagles left the Trojans speechless - and scoreless - again Thursday night, getting two goals in a five-minute span in the first half on the way to a 5-0 victory in the Mid Penn Commonwealth.

"Nobody expects to beat them," Messner said. "In this league, everybody almost figures that they'll lose twice to CV and then you fight for second.

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"It may seem like the defeatist attitude, but I think it's much more realistic."

For 25 minutes, though, Chambersburg (8-5-1, 1-4-1) stayed in things. Dustin Mull kept things scoreless in the 11th minute when he cleared an Eagles shot off the line, and the Trojans nearly took the lead in the 19th minute when Drew Wellman just missed an open net.

"If we get that, it could have been a lot different," Messner said. "Maybe we don't control it, but it would have been nice to see how they would react under pressure."

The Eagles (13-0) responded like the nationally ranked team they are. As high as No. 4 in the country in one poll and in the top 10 in two others, the Eagles got two perfect plays for two scores and the halftime lead. A penalty kick and two garbage-time goals completed the scoring.

Goalkeeper Mike Richards kept things down with a great night in the net, finishing with 12 saves in 72 minutes.

"It's so hard to play them," Messner said. "You come off the field feeling like you ran a marathon."

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