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What's up front makes it count for Martinsburg

September 14, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Nick Benavides and Joey Borror are main reasons why the Martinsburg boys soccer team has one of the most feared front lines in the area - and still is unbeaten.

While Hedgesville didn't seem overly scared of the Bulldogs senior forwards Monday night, the Eagles lost because of them.

Benavides had a goal - his 11th of the season - and assisted on both of Borror's scores as Martinsburg beat Hedgesville, 4-2.

The Bulldogs (5-0-1) faced early deficits of 1-0 and 2-1.

"I wasn't really worried about that," Benavides said. "Our offense is always capable of scoring four goals a game. I knew it was only a matter of time."

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After Borror scored his first goal of the night in the 35th minute to make it a 2-2 game at intermission, the Bulldogs took control in the second half.

"That's the name of the game," Martinsburg coach Greg Miller said. "He who controls the ball wins the game."

Borror put the Bulldogs up for good in the 43rd minute on Benavides' second assist.

"Beautiful passes," said Borror, who's been playing soccer with Benavides since they were 11.

"We just know each other," Benavides said. "He knows I'm going to take on people, and that leaves him open for the through ball."

Martinsburg completed the scoring in the 68th minute as sophomore forward Trent Reid drove his penalty kick high and to the right, just past the reach of Eagles goalie Adam Eifert.

"We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a few times tonight," Hedgesville coach Chris Ruest said. "They have a couple of players with very good skills, and we didn't do a good job of delaying them on the dribble. If you don't delay them, you don't stop the momentum."

The Eagles (4-2) immediately captured the momentum, going up 1-0 in the fourth minute as Simon Lee-Feuillet scored on an assist from Cody Seibert.

"That blew our guys away," Miller said. "It took them a while to settle down."

After Benavides answered unassisted, tying the game in the 16th minute, Eli Griffin headed in Matt Mudge's throw-in to put the Eagles back on top, 2-1.

"Obviously, you want to have the opportunity to get up," Ruest said. "But we're smart enough to know that there are a lot of minutes left."

Bulldogs keeper Matt Martin didn't allow another ball to get past him, finishing with nine saves.

Martinsburg had a 20-17 advantage in shots.

"We played well tonight," Miller said. "It was a great, hard-fought game, the way they all should be.

"Our midfield finally came together and started passing. We're more of a finesse team than a run-and-gun."

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