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Eagles soar early, shut out Goretti

October 14, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The Hedgesville girls soccer team had its offense ready to go.

The Eagles scored all six of their goals during the first half on their way to a 6-0 win over the St. Maria Goretti Gaels on Monday afternoon.

"We had a tough 3-1 loss on Saturday at home against South Parkersburg, and they are ranked No. 1 in the state of West Virginia," Hedgesville coach Sonny Tippett said. "So, I was glad to see the girls bounce back and settle into a nice soccer game."

Leslie Kirk and Jennifer Hoffman, who are the Eagles' top two scorers this season, continued to be the main offensive threats on Monday afternoon. Hoffman scored three goals, while Kirk added two.

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"The two forwards, Leslie Kirk and Jennifer Hoffman, are probably one of the best up-front combinations that have been ever put together in this area," Tippett added. "They play very well with each other. They are both very unselfish."

Hoffman was pleased with Monday's effort by the Eagles (8-4-2).

"We played really well as a team," Hoffman said. "We stepped to the ball real well. I just think that we came together today better than what we have been. The ball starts out on the defensive end and it takes a team effort to work it all the way up the field."

Kirk scored her first goal with 26:10 remaining in the first half to get Hedgesville on the scoreboard.

Hoffman scored her first goal about 1 1/2 minutes later and then she added her second goal with 15:12 to go in the first half.

Sam Baker got a goal with 7:30 left in the half to extend the Eagles' lead to 4-0.

Hoffman scored her third goal with 5:20 remaining and Kirk got her second goal three minutes later to give Hedgesville the 6-0 halftime lead.

"I haven't been finishing lately," Hoffman said. "I probably stepped it up more today than any other time. We have to be able to control the ball to get points on the board."

Freshman goalkeeper Kathleen Costello made 12 saves for the Gaels.

"We played a hard game today," St. Maria Goretti coach Dan Durski said. "Hedgesville has a lot of skill on their team. I commend Hedgesville on a well-played game. We started to get the game together in the second half. We started to move the ball around. Our goalkeeper, Kathleen Costello, held them scoreless in the second half."

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