Cougars wake up and whip Warriors

October 11, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - It's rather late in the season for the Jefferson boys soccer team to still be needing wake-up calls.

No. 5 Jefferson snoozed for much of the first half of its matchup with Boonsboro, but the Warriors' tying goal in the 43rd minute lit a fire under the Cougars and they scored three unanswered goals to pull away for a 4-1 victory.

"We were creating a lot of good scoring chances in the first half, we just weren't finishing them," said Jefferson coach Doug Hunt, whose team closes the regular season at home against Linsly School on Saturday. "I got on their case a little bit at halftime, but (Boonsboro's) goal is what woke them up."

The Cougars remained a bit drowsy out of the halftime break, but the alarm went off after Boonsboro's Ryan Barrett scored three minutes into the second half to knot the game at 1. The Warriors controlled much of the action to that point, although they surrendered an early goal to Jefferson senior Chris Lambert on an assist from Kyle Ransom in the sixth minute.


The Cougars were unsuccessful in nine shots after Lambert's goal until he lined up for a corner kick in the 47th minute. He crossed a beauty into the box and junior Will Corley outleaped everyone to head it in and give the Cougars a 2-1 edge.

"Tonight was only our third corner-kick goal of the season," Hunt said. "We changed some things recently and trying some different approaches. (Lambert) hasn't been doing our corners until recently, but we put him over there because he can deliver it with some force, or he can float it."

It took 3 minutes, 21 seconds for the Cougars (11-5-3) to answer the Boonsboro goal. In the six-minute span after the Warriors tied the game, Jefferson unleashed seven shots - including the one that found the net to regain the lead.

That offensive assault kept Boonsboro goalie Jake Burtner busy, but he was certainly up to the task. Burtner made 14 saves and disrupted several others to keep the Warriors (5-4-1) within striking distance.

"Jake Burtner played an awesome game for us. He was great back there," said Boonsboro coach Brad Delauter. "He had to make a lot of very good saves. There were no cheapies."

Still, the Jefferson attack was simply too much to handle. The Cougars unloaded 13 second-half shots - 11 on goal - and finally took control when Lambert beat two Boonsboro defenders and sent a rocket past Burtner, who had virtually no chance at making the save.

"The Jefferson offense was very, very strong," Delauter said. "The defense was not quite as strong as the offense, but as good as the offense was - putting four goals on the board - the defense didn't have to be."

Jefferson put the final touches on the victory after Boonsboro's Jon Miller had a shot go off the crossbar that would have pulled the score to 3-2 with three minutes left. the Cougars went on a counterattack, finished by Jamie Romero to increase the lead to 4-1.

Jefferson won the JV game, 5-0.

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