Sweep success

Hedgesville goes with flow to sweep Martinsburg

Hedgesville goes with flow to sweep Martinsburg

October 19, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - For Hedgesville, the only thing better than beating Martinsburg on the Bulldogs' own Cobourn Field is beating them twice.

Erin Breen's hat trick led the Eagles' girls soccer team past Martinsburg, 3-1, before Will Roberts' fluke second-half goal gave Hedgesville's boys a 2-1 victory as the Eagles swept Wednesday's Region II, Section 4 semifinals.

The girls semifinal was a classic study in how soccer stats don't always add up to the probable conclusion.

Martinsburg (8-9-3) outshot Hedgesville 28-10 and had an 8-2 edge in corner kicks. But the Bulldogs were undone by Breen's offensive heroics, Tessa Deneen's 16 saves and two other shots cracking off the crossbar.

"I told our girls that sometimes, it just doesn't happen," Martinsburg coach Meredith Matczak said. "I tell girls that possession with a purpose is the key. Tonight, we had possession and we had a purpose, but we just couldn't find the back of the net."


That was no problem for Breen. After the Bulldogs controlled the first 12 minutes, Breen found herself all alone up the left side on a lightning-quick Eagles (8-9-1) counterattack, and she lofted a left-footed shot into the top right corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.

"I didn't expect that much (open field)," Breen said. "I got some real good touches from the midfield, and when I got out on the breakaway I knew I had to make it."

"It was real important for us to get on the board first," Hedgesville coach Sonny Tippett said. "We dodged some bullets early and got out on the break, and Erin took a great shot."

It wasn't her last. In the 33rd minute, she used two touches in the middle to set up another lefty blast into the top left corner for a 2-0 lead, and in the 52nd minute she beat hesitant Bulldogs keeper Carolyn Gore to the ball and chipped it over her for a 3-0 edge.

Kristen Marshall scored on a free kick from 20 yards out in the 72nd minute for Martinsburg's only goal.

One big bounce - too big for Bulldogs keeper Nathaniel Scofield - gave Hedgesville's boys a big boost into today's sectional final.

In the 55th minute, Roberts launched a long ball from the Eagles' side of the field.

It came down about five feet in front of Scofield - who had to worry about onrushing forward Rashid Deen - and took a huge hop over him.

Scofield scrambled but could not recover in time to keep the ball from going into the goal and giving the Eagles (12-4-2) the 2-1 lead.

"It's crazy, because two years in a row we lost in the sectional finals here on deflections," Hedgesville coach Chris Ruest said. "Those things happen, and in rivalry games, it's who catches breaks, and we caught a break tonight."

The Eagles scored first in the 25th minute when Simon Lee-Feuillet dribbled his way across the field to the right and slipped a fantastic diagonal pass through to Kris Allen, breaking hard for the right post. Allen one-touched the ball past Scofield, who had no chance on the play.

Martinsburg (11-8-2) scored the equalizer in the 32nd minute when Trent Reid temporarily lost, then regained, the ball in the middle about 12 yards out and sent a shot into the top of the net. It was the 105th and final goal in Reid's prep career, the most all-time at Martinsburg - and it also was the only real dangerous threat the Bulldogs mounted all game.

"We knew if we could make his night as tough as possible, we'd have a chance," Ruest said. "Josh Long did a remarkable job marking him. The big key was to keep them off the board."

"We just didn't play well at all," Bulldogs coach Greg Miller said. "My midfield didn't do the job tonight. It was like we only had six players out there."

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