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'Dogs put flat Cougars in a corner

September 08, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It seemed no matter what the Jefferson boys soccer team did, Martinsburg had the answer.

And the Bulldogs responded quickly each time, shrugging off the pesky Cougars 3-2 Wednesday night to sweep the regular-season series with the Eastern Panhandle rivals.

Martinsburg junior Trent Reid did most of the damage, scoring two goals, including the game-winner in the 75th minute.

"I think we caught their defense off guard," said Reid of his final goal. "So we played it quickly. Mark Dodson just played a perfect corner kick and I was able to put it in for the win."

Jefferson coach Doug Hunt agreed.

"Our defense thought we had a goal kick, but the ref called a corner kick," said Hunt. "Give (the Bulldogs) credit, they took advantage of it. We let down defensively and they made us pay. But we're a young team and things like that will happen with a young team."

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After Reid scored the only goal of the first half on a breakaway, Zach Dial tied it for the Cougars in the 49th minute when his shot found its way past a host of defenders - including sophomore keeper Nathaniel Scofield - and into the left side of the net.

Just two minutes later, Cody Sabol beat Cougars keeper Danny Saum on a penalty kick to regain the lead for Martinsburg.

A Matt Tiano goal for Jefferson was nullified because of an offside call, but a Jeremy Zimmerman header off David Fuelhart's throw-in knotted things at 2-2 in the 72nd minute, setting up Reid's game-winner.

The intensity of the rivalry was evident by the five yellow cards and one red card issued during the game.

"It was pretty intense play," said Bulldogs coach Greg Miller. "It's the same every time we play Jefferson. These kids all play together all year long, so the rivalry is there."

Martinsburg took the JV contest, 4-1.

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