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Berkley Springs heads to state final

November 08, 2008


BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Berkeley Springs' Jacob Wise scored four goals, all on assists from his brother Josh Wise, as the Indians outlasted Weir 8-6 in the West Virginia Class AA-A state semifinals Friday.

Josh Wise added two goals, Matt Martin had a goal and two assists, Gudiel Guzman scored a goal and Jacob Wise added an assist for Berkeley Springs (17-5-1), which led 7-2 at halftime. Zane Mokhiber got the win in goal, recording eight saves.

The Indians will play for the state title today in Beckley at 11 a.m. against Pocahontas County, which beat Charleston Catholic 2-1 in the other semifinal.

Wheeling Park 1, Martinsburg 0

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Fernando Olea-Comas scored in the 24th minute to give undefeated Wheeling Park a victory over Martinsburg in the West Virginia Class AAA state semifinals.


Wheeling Park (20-0-4) gave the Bulldogs (19-3-1) two of their three losses this season -- the other loss came against Mercersburg Academy.

"We had a rough day," Martinsburg coach Greg Miller said. "We couldn't keep our spacing. They play the long ball and we couldn't get our midfield domination like we usually do. We couldn't get them the ball. We were going negative instead of positive, and they took the midfield out of the game for the first half. The second half we pretty much dominated play, but we couldn't force it home.

"We had a great year. This particular team, I had no real superstars, the scoring was spread out and the assists were all over the place, too. ... When they were down, they'd put the pressure on, and they put the pressure on Wheeling Park. Their coach, I know him real well and he came up to me and said we're the best team they played all year."


University 2, Jefferson 0

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- University handed defending state champion Jefferson its first loss of the season in the West Virginia Class AAA state semifinals.

"It's been a good run. It would have been nice to go out on a winning note, but it just didn't happen," said Jefferson coach Dunnie Bache, whose Cougars finished with a 20-1-2 record.

University (18-2-2) scored late in the first half and early in the second.

"They came out and played hard and just shut us down," said Bache, whose team opened its season in August with a 2-2 tie against University. "We just weren't able to create anything."

University will play Nitro (11-7-5) -- a 2-0 winner over Parkersburg South (13-8-3) -- for the state title today.

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