Cougars double-dip Indians

October 24, 2007|By JOHN O'BRIEN

INWOOD, W. Va. ? Jefferson's Chris Lambert has already lived through penalty kicks in a playoff game. Berkeley Springs found out the hard way he had no intention of doing it again.

Lambert scored a golden goal Tuesday night, just two minutes before penalty kicks would have decided the Cougars' Region II semifinal against the upset-minded Indians. The 5-4 victory puts No. 3 Jefferson (14-5-4) in the regional final for a second straight year.

Last year, Lambert put his penalty kick in the goal to help Jefferson notch a sectional playoff win over Hedgesville to catapult the Cougars to the state tournament. Tuesday, his 20th goal of the year came after he beat to defenders and booted a left-footed shot past Indians keeper Dustin Triplett.

"We did (penalty kicks) last year," he said. "I didn't wanna do that again. It's too nerve-racking."

The marathon ended after 10 p.m. and followed the Jefferson girls' 6-1 win over Berkeley Springs. Neither team in the boys game ever held a two-goal advantage, and the Cougars only led for a few minutes all game.


"I'm not totally surprised," Jefferson coach Doug Hunt said of the 10-11-1 Indians' performance. "They have a lot of speed, a lot of skillful players. They took advantage of their opportunities. They didn't have as many as we did, but they took advantage."

Berkeley Springs started strong with Gudiel Guzman's ninth-minute goal, but the Cougars' D.J. Upson scored his 12th goal of the season on a rebound with Triplett out of the net.

Matt Martin's 40-yard direct kick sizzled past Jefferson keeper Matt Robins for a 2-1 lead in the 20th minute, and Lambert scored on a direct kick of his own in the 37th. His, though, looked more like a golf shot than the cannonball Martin's resembled.

After halftime, Jacob Wise scored a diving goal on an assist from Josh Wise in the 48th to make it 3-2 Indians. Chris Geigel caught the Indians' defense confused on a direct kick in the 53rd to tie it again.

In the fifth minute of the first of two 10-minute overtime periods, Brendon Debelius was called for a foul on Lambert in the box, and Upson converted the penalty kick. Martin scored his second goal of the game, and 24th of the season, on a direct kick just three minutes later.

After a scoreless second overtime period, the teams began two five-minute sudden death periods. The first was uneventful, and Lambert ended the second one.

"It comes down to depth," Hunt said. "Our bench, luckily I was able to use them throughout the overtime periods and put in some fresh players from time to time."

Lambert, though, played all 108 minutes on the rain-slicked field.

"When I see the ball and that I can make a run, I avoid feeling tired," Lambert said. "I saw the defender turn backwards like he was turning around, and I cut to the opposite he thought I was going to."

No. 2 Jefferson's girls (16-1-3) also received a heroic effort, with Sarah Cogswell scoring four goals -- three in the first half.

"I was just really focusing on getting the ball on the ground and using my power," said Cogswell, who has 16 goals this season. "That's what we call 'Cougar ball.'"

After Rebecca Trump of Berkeley Springs (10-9-3) scored in the sixth minute, Cogswell scored off an assist from Katie Perry in the 25th to tie the game. Cogswell added another in the 34th minute, Kaitlyn Mahoney scored in the 38th and Cogswell scored in the 39th for a 4-1 halftime lead. Cogswell scored off an assist from Hilary Adams in the second half, and Kyra Fox assisted Kelsey Barnhart on the final goal.

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