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Cougars suffer loss in big win

August 31, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - The first words by Jefferson boys soccer coach Doug Hunt following his team's game against rival Hedgesville on Thursday night were quite surprising.

"I've got a lot of anger," he said.

But the statement had nothing to do with how the Cougars played in routing Hedgesville 4-0 at Mumaw Stadium. No, his disappointment stemmed from the loss of junior forward Luciano Reyes in the 24th minute.

Reyes did not return after suffering an apparent leg injury, and Hunt did not seem optimistic about his status. It's just one of a string of injuries that has slowed - but has yet to stop - the unbeaten Cougars (4-0-1).

"It's only the second game (Reyes) has been able to play because he rolled his ankle the day before the first game," Hunt said. "It's disappointing because he's one of our stronger players and we haven't been able to see much of him."

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Just five minutes before the injury, Reyes helped the Cougars precisely execute an attack that Hedgesville (0-3-1) had little chance against defending. Senior D.J. Upson started the three-man push by sending a pass to Reyes up the left seam. Reyes then crossed the ball to the right seam, where senior Chris Geigel had a virtual one-on-one with Eagles goalie Kris Eichelberger and finished it to put Jefferson ahead 2-0.

"We had several opportunities where we made one-touch passes like that," Hunt said. "It's nice that we're spreading the ball around and getting a little better in that respect."

Geigel added an unassisted goal in the 49th minute - 10 minutes before lightning ended the game - to put Jefferson up 4-0 and join fellow senior Chris Lambert with two goals on the night.

In the fourth minute, Lambert got control of the ball on the right seam, beat a Hedgesville defender as he turned toward the goal and placed his shot off Eichelberger's hands and into the net. Lambert's goal in the 36th minute put Jefferson ahead 3-0 as it headed to halftime.

"(Lambert) is doing a really good job of understanding how to move without the ball and get set up," Hunt said. "He's come along real well."

Jefferson outshot Hedgesville 16-1, withstanding only sporadic attacks by the Eagles. Hedgesville's best scoring chance came in the first minute of play when Dillon Seibert's corner kick went off the head of Dylan Roberts and wide right of the goal.

"The reality is that we're still young and still learning how to play the game," Hedgesville coach Chris Ruest said. "At times, we still make mistakes because of where we are. We're still reacting to the ball, instead of anticipating it. But the more games we play, the better we'll get."

JV: Jefferson, 5-0.

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