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Top-ranked Morgantown blanks Eagles

October 07, 2000

Top-ranked Morgantown blanks Eagles



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Hedgesville's 5-0 boys soccer loss Saturday to Morgantown, the top-ranked team in West Virginia, came as no surprise. The Eagles, after all, haven't beaten the Mohigans since 1994.

How it came to pass did raise some eyebrows - and some voices in the stands.

"I thought we could have handled the adversity a little bit better," Hedgesville coach Chris Ruest said. "But I thought, in this situation, that they did a pretty good job. It just gets frustrating after awhile."

No. 9 Hedgesville (8-5-2) was whistled for four yellow cards: two on midfielder Patrick Miller and three of them questionable at best. The first one cost the Eagles the most.

On the ensuing free kick, Morgantown's Graham Sexstone picked up the loose ball and buried it for a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute.

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"In the end, though, that had nothing to do with it," Ruest said. "They're still, by far, the class of this section. They haven't won several state titles for no reason."

After that, the Eagles had several chances, but couldn't beat Christopher Patti. Richie Hockensmith had a header blocked and the rebound shot was also blocked in the 44th minute, keeping their spirits and chances up.

That ended in the final minute of the third quarter. Kevin Shadle slipped on a shot at the top of the box, but his ball spun the ball the wrong way and past keeper Travis Hines for a 2-0 lead. Then, with time running out, Eric Dailey let one fly from 40 yards, and it slipped through Hines' hands for a 3-0 lead.

"We had played pretty well up to that point," Ruest said. "If we could get it to the fourth quarter 1-0 we had a good chance. Unfortunately, we couldn't hang on."

Despite the dropped goal, Hines kept things respectable with 12 saves as the Eagles were outshot, 21-9. Patti got the shutout with three saves.

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