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Cougars section off Eagles

October 20, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - With the West Virginia Region II, Section 4 title on his shoulders, Jefferson's Graham Sutherland was told by senior captain Matt Tiano not to worry.

Still, Sutherland felt the pressure as he toed perhaps the biggest kick of his varsity career.

Sutherland fought the nerves and directed the final penalty kick of Jefferson's shootout against Hedgesville past the arms of Eagles freshman goalie Kris Eichelberger for a 4-3 shootout victory, breaking the 2-2 tie after regulation and 30 minutes of overtime.

"I was nervous right before I took it and Matt Tiano said, 'Don't worry. No pressure,'" Sutherland said. "When I got (to the ball) I meant to go left, but I saw (Eichelberger) move that way so I went more toward the middle."

The Jefferson girls made it a section sweep as they edged Hedgesville, 4-3. Both teams will play in regional semifinal games on Tuesday night at Musselman.

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Sutherland's kick answered Hedgesville's final shootout kick by Rashid Deen that knotted it at 3-3.

Neither team could break a tie over the last 20 minutes of regulation. That forced two 10-minute overtime periods, followed by two 5-minute sudden-death sessions. No score in those periods forced a decisive shootout.

"Losing in a shootout is never any fun," said Hedgesville coach Chris Ruest. "The honesty of it is you have to end a game somehow. Invariably, people remember the very end of the game."

Under a steady rain, the Panhandle rivals battled to a scoreless tie at halftime.

The Eagles (12-5-1) struck first when Deen got control of a corner kick and booted it through for a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute. Jeff Nelson answered three minutes later for the Cougars (20-0-1) when he gathered in a corner by Sutherland and pushed it past Eichelberger.

Deen gave Hedgesville the lead in the 51st minute when he gracefully flicked a pass from Simon Lee Feuillet past Jefferson goalie Derek Walls. The Cougars answered once again on a Tiano shot from beyond 30 yards that sailed just past Eichelberger's outstretched hands.

Jefferson freshman Sarah Cogswell posted her first career hat trick, including the go-ahead goal in the 69th minute to lift the Cougars past the Eagles for the second time in five days.

Cogswell scored the last three goals for Jefferson as it fought off a hungry Hedgesville team. Cogswell scored in the 25th and 33rd minutes before notching the game-winner.

Hedgesville struck first in just the second minute. Melanie Hess took a pass from Erin Dreen and scored. The Cougars knotted the game at 1-1 in the 12th minute when Jenny Perry scored on an assist from Katie Perry.

The Eagles (8-11-1) regained the lead in the 19th minute when Hess scored from about 25 yards on a pass from Heather Dailey.

Cogswell scored two unanswered goals before halftime as Jefferson grabbed a 3-2 lead.

Hedgesville made it a tie game for the third time six minutes into the second half as Dreen took a pass from Dailey in front of the goal and pushed it through.

Cogswell scored the winning goal when she juked a Hedgesville defender and shot to the left of Eagles goalie Tessa Deneen, who got a hand on the ball.

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