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Hat trick is magical in Eagles' win

September 29, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Simon Lee-Feuillet might have preferred his first hat trick of the season to come at a more critical point, but he's not complaining.

Two of the goals for the Hedgesville midfielder came after the match was all but decided, as the Eagles thumped youthful Berkeley Springs 6-1 Wednesday night.

"We didn't have a good first half," said Lee-Feuillet. "We just weren't playing up to our ability. We came out and were much more intense in the second half. We wanted the ball."

The Eagles (5-5) held just a 2-0 advantage at the half, but made it 4-0 within the first eight minutes of the second half.

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"I thought we did a better job of finding our open people," said Hedgesville coach Chris Ruest. "In the first half, we almost went to the goal too quickly, instead of finding the open player.

"But their keeper (Will Clark) made two or three really good saves that made the score close. He deflected one off the crossbar with the tip of his finger and it bounced away and he laid out on another one to knock it down."

Clark helped keep the Indians close early with nine first-half saves and 14 overall.

Lee-Feuillet managed to avoid Clark's reach in the 11th minute for the first Hedgesville goal on an Adam Kneisly assist.

Luis Alaniz made it 2-0 four minutes later when he lost his defender and found the right corner of the goal.

Alaniz opened the second-half scoring by taking Ben Gross' corner kick, avoiding several defenders and drilling the middle of the net.

Eli Griffin's free kick found its way past a row of defenders for a 4-0 lead, before Lee-Feuillet's penalty kick in the 59th minute and his score off Kneisly's second assist gave Hedgesville a 6-0 margin.

Josh Wise got the Indians (2-12-1) on the board with a penalty kick past Eagles keeper Adam Eifert in the 74th minute.

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