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Marshall lays down law on Eagles with hat trick

August 29, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Senior Kristen Marshall scored three goals Tuesday night, sparking Martinsburg to a 6-0 girls soccer win over Hedgesville.

"I was real pleased with the effort," Martinsburg coach Meredith Matczak said. "We were aggressive, beat them to the ball, and generally controlled the game. I hope the intensity we showed tonight carries over for the rest of the season."

Martinsburg (2-1) opened the scoring in the 10th minute when sophomore forward Amy Wright scored on a point-blank shot past Hedgesville goalie Chelsie Oals.

Marshall then went to work.

She scored in the 20th minute, a solid shot from the right corner which sailed over goalkeeper Oals' outstretched arms.

She struck again on a breakaway goal in the 29th minute off a beautiful lead pass by teammate Alaina Heck, then finished the hat trick in the 44th minute on a long shot from the right side.

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Kendall Bush and Maria Jaramillo added the final two Martinsburg scores.

"Kristen is a tremendous athlete," coach Matczak said while discussing the hat trick. "She now has five goals and four assists in three games."

The senior took the win - and personal accomplishments - in stride.

"I'm happy with the goals, but also that we are working well as a team and improving each game," Marshall said. "I've had three goals in one game before. I had four as a sophomore against East Fairmont."

The early cushion and quick second-half goals allowed Matczak to utilize her bench and see what some of her nine underclassmen can do. Marshall played about 20 minutes in the second half.

"We have a good many injuries, but I still had a chance to see some other players in the second half," Matczak said. "We're a young team and they can use game experience."

The tenacious Martinsburg offensive attack peppered the Hedgesville goalie for 29 shots - 20 in the first half - while Martinsburg goalies Jasmyne Bartley and Victoria Curtis faced only five shots all evening.

"This is a win, just a win," coach Matczak. "It's a long season. we have to build on this one and improve with each game."

Martinsburg returns to action Saturday, hosting Elkins, while Hedgesville (0-2) next visits Preston on Saturday.

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