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Cougars' bite worse than 'Dogs'

September 08, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Doug Hunt faces quite a dilemma.

The Jefferson boys soccer coach has to figure out what to work on in practice after his club thoroughly dominated previously unbeaten Eastern Panhandle rival Martinsburg 3-0 on Wednesday night.

The Cougars played with determination and intensity. Their passes were crisp, their defense nearly flawless.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (4-1) played "as poorly as I've seen them play," coach Greg Miller said.

"(Jefferson) wanted it," Miller said. "My players got out of it after the first 10 minutes or so, and started playing Jefferson ball. The reality check at halftime didn't seem to work."

It didn't take long for the Cougars' domination to show on the scoreboard - figuratively speaking, since a bolt of lightning earlier this month rendered the scoreboard useless.

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D.J. Upson put Jefferson (4-0-1) up 1-0 in the 18th minute, heading in a Matt Tiano throw-in.

"I think that first goal put (the Bulldogs) on their heels a little bit," said Hunt. "I think it made them change their game plan some."

The loss of senior forward Trent Reid to an injury likely had a more profound effect on the Martinsburg game plan.

The Bulldogs' co-captain played for about 10 minutes before a quadriceps injury forced him to the sideline.

"I think it was more of a psychological thing," said Miller of Reid's absence. "He's a pivotal player, and he really brings the team together on the field."

Upson made it 2-0 in the 47th minute, putting to ball in the right side of the net off a centering pass from Adam Roque.

The final goal came in the 67th minute when Tiano used his left foot to send a pass from Aaron Kelly into the net.

The Cougars' defense preserved the shutout, as three different players got credit for a save in a flurry of activity around the Jefferson goal. Senior keeper Derek Walls stopped seven of the Bulldogs' nine shots on goal for the shutout.

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