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Knee injury sidelines Indians' Riffle

October 05, 2007|By ANDREW MASON and DAN KAUFFMAN

Scoring 30 goals. Capturing all-state honors. Leading her team to another winning season.

Berkeley Springs junior forward Corrie Riffle had big goals for this fall.

But she'll have to wait until next year to resume chase of them.

Riffle, a Herald-Mail All-Area First Team selection last season, tore the ACL in her left knee during the Indians' 5-0 win over McConnellsburg on Sept. 22 and is done for the year. She's set to have surgery later this month.

"She's out. It's devastating," said Berkeley Springs coach Rocky Riffle, Corrie's father. "Corrie's been around this game a long time, and it's not easy for her. Sitting there is killing her.

"But I keep telling her, 'You're not a senior. You still have another year.' ... The doctor said she should be back running full speed by February."

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Through Wednesday, the Indians were 1-3 since her injury and 6-7-2 overall.

"We're taking a beating, but we keep on going. Our kids have big hearts," Rocky Riffle said. "We're still hoping to win our section this year. We're still good enough to beat everybody we have to beat. The kids are going to step up and do it."

Corrie Riffle scored a team-high 26 goals last year as Berkeley Springs went 13-8-1 for its first winning season in program history. She had 12 goals this fall, giving her 58 for her career.

"She wanted to make 100," the coach said. "That's an impossibility now, but she'll still be up there. She's a fighter. She'll be back."

League champs

The McConnellsburg girls edged Everett 1-0 on Wednesday to capture the Sideling Hill League title.

The lone goal was scored by junior Erin Chafardon, who led the Tri-State with 36 goals last season and has scored an area-high 19 this year.

The Spartans (10-4, 7-1), in their third year as a varsity program, are now on the verge of clinching their first winning season. They went 7-9-1 in 2005 and 10-11 last fall.

Brown, Lions on a roll

Broadfording's boys are 4-0-1 over their last five games - the most recent a 1-0 victory over rival Grace Academy - and 6-2-1 overall. Senior forward Kyle Brown has eight goals in the five-game unbeaten streak and 11 this season.

"He's patient, he waits for his opportunities to finish, and he's a good finisher," Lions coach David Grimm said. "We look for a lot of through balls, and he takes advantage and finishes them. He's fast and he has a lot of soccer talent."

Broadfording's defense was the difference on Monday, as the Lions held off the Knights' dangerous attack.

"Our whole tactic that game was ... containing their offense, minimizing their chances and getting a goal or two," Grimm said.

"Our defense was stellar that day. They had their opportunities and I thought they'd put one or two in, but we got it cleared out and it was a strong performance. The second half they controlled the tempo, but we held our ground and were able to put one in the net."

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