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Bulldogs strike early against Eagles

October 07, 2002|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg's boys soccer team is one step closer to a first-round bye in the Region II, Section 4 playoffs.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the first 11 minutes, then turned to defense to hold Hedgesville to three shots in the second half of a convincing 3-0 victory Saturday night at Cobourn Field.

"What I said to them beforehand, was we wanted to come out strong and attack," Martinsburg coach Jason DeBaugh said. "Getting on the board early is always key, it gets you fired up and it can get them down on themselves."

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Three minutes in, Martinsburg's Brad Dodson took a pass in the middle of the field about 30 yards out as two Hedgesville defenders converged.

Somehow, Dodson found a way to squeeze both himself and the ball between them, breaking free in time to rifle a shot past Eagles keeper Travis Hines into the left side of the goal.

"We had the ball on our feet two or three times there, and we couldn't get it cleared," Eagles coach Chris Ruest said. "It squeeked through, and they scored."

Eight minutes later, Aaron Miller made a run into the left side of the penalty box and was taken down on a late sliding tackle, resulting in a penalty shot which Miller converted past Hines to the right as Hines guessed the wrong way.

"We're trying to clear the ball, and we fouled them in the box," Ruest said. "We got in a 2-0 hole.

"I thought the kids played hard. We didn't execute, but we played hard, and we get (to play) again Tuesday."

Sophomore Joey Borror - sporting a Ronaldo-like haircut - iced the game with 13 minutes left, taking a perfect cross from Adam Polinik at the right post and heading it in past a sprawling Hines.

"He came in off the bench and really put forth a great effort on the field," DeBaugh said.

Frustration set in for Hedgesville in the fourth quarter. The Eagles picked up four yellow cards - two (and a resulting red card) against Ruest - as play turned chippy in the final minutes.

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