Bulldogs, Eagles advance

October 27, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Keeping warm proved to be the Martinsburg boys soccer team's greatest challenge Wednesday night.

Hampshire was a distant second.

The Bulldogs rode a stifling defense to record a resounding 10-0 victory in the West Virginia Region II semifinals at Hedgesville.

The Hedgesville girls also advanced to the finals with a 4-1 victory over previously undefeated Frankfort on the strength of Erin Breen's hat trick.

So dominant was Martinsburg's defensive effort that the Trojans (7-12) managed just one shot on goal all evening, that coming with just seconds remaining in the match.


"Our defense speaks for itself," Bulldogs coach Greg Miller said. "They only allowed one shot on goal all night. They did a great job."

Meanwhile, the offense took care of business quickly and efficiently.

Michael Seem and Will Rouse put Martinsburg (16-4-3) up 2-0 by the 11th minute. Two goals from Trent Reid and one each by Josh Rudy and David Poland extended the lead to 6-0 at the half.

While the Bulldogs were busy taking 24 shots on goal in the first half, their goalkeeper, Nathaniel Scofield, didn't even touch the ball.

Hampshire keeper Tyler Long had 13 first-half saves to keep the game from getting even more out of control.

The second half provided more of the same, with Mike Trumble, Manny Garcia, Jeremy Everson and Kent Lemaster getting into the scoring act.

In the girls semifinal, Breen scored her second and third goals within a four-minute span, but the Eagles forward said she'll remember the two shots that nearly found the net longer than she'll remember her first hat trick of the season.

"I'm always looking to get better, always looking to improve," said the sophomore. "I look at my mistakes and let other people tell me what I do well."

For the Eagles (14-7-1), Breen did plenty of things well, scoring her second goal of the game in the 38th minute and completing her hat trick in the 42nd minute by outracing Frankfort keeper Rachel Alkire to the ball.

Hedgesville's all-time leading scorer, Jen Hoffman, made it 4-0 in the 70th minute off a pass from Breen.

"This team is more together and more focused than at any other time during the season," said Eagles coach Sonny Tippett. "They're just really relaxed right now.

"I'm not one who looks for a lot of goals," he said. "Late in the first half I thought we started playing down to our competition. We talked about that at halftime, and in the second half we played a good, solid 40 minutes."

Heather Alkire got the Falcons (14-1-3) on the board on a breakaway in the 77th minute.

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