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Bulldogs make it rough on Cougars

September 20, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Kent Lemaster and Jaron Hollida scored goals in the opening seven minutes as No. 2 Martinsburg blanked No. 3 Jefferson 2-0 in boys soccer action Wednesday.

And even with the shutout, Martinsburg (7-0-2) still had room for improvement.

"We were aggressive at the outset but once we got the lead we became too passive. We got away from our game plan and started playing more kickball than using ball control and midfield," Martinsburg coach Greg Miller said. "We can't afford to stray from the game plan like that."

Lemaster, who scored his ninth goal in the fifth minute, said the coach emphasized that at halftime.

"He told us to get back to what we do best and I thought we played a lot better in the second half. We used the entire field and didn't allow them to get back into the game," Lemaster said. "I think we got a little excited after those two quick goals."

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After Lemaster's quick score, Hollida followed with his score in the seventh minute to provide more than enough cushion for goalies Nathaniel Scofield and Roger Ausherman.

Scofield left the game after colliding with Jefferson's Chris Giegel near the goal. He sat out 10 minutes with a charley horse but Ausherman proved just as effective.

"I wasn't concerned at all about replacing Scofield there," Miller said. "I'm very confident with our goaltending situation."

Scofield's biggest save came in the 59th minute key when Giegel fired from close range.

Each team played without key players, which seemed to hinder the Cougars (8-2-1) early.

"We played without Zach Creamer and Mike Springer and that affected us," Jefferson coach Doug Hunt said. "We were out of position defensively on those two goals and had some missed assignments, but the guys bounced back and played well the rest of the game."

Martinsburg, which won the two teams' first meeting 3-1 on Sept. 5, played without Eliel Vega while Matt Yates played with an injury.

"They didn't show us much different tonight," Hunt said. "We just got behind quickly and could never recover."

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