Indians blank Petersburg 6-0
The Berkeley Springs High School Boys Soccer Team continued its dominance over sectional opponents with a convincing 6-0 shutout of Petersburg, in Petersburg, on Monday, September 26.
Derrick Cowles led the Indian attack with two goals and an assist. Zach Wise had one goal and a pair of assists, Cain Ooten a goal and an assist while Dylan Trip and Zach Woods had one goal each. Brandon McCumbee and Jake Truax had one assist each.
"We tried a new formation and we had a lot of shots, but we had some difficulty finishing in the first half," said Berkeley Springs coach Jamie Chenoweth. “Petersburg is a likable bunch. Their coach and the whole team are nice and I think we find it difficult to play aggressively against them."
Berkeley Springs out shot Petersburg 26-8 with goalkeeper Caleb Murray recording four saves.
The win kept the Indians record spotless against Class AA sectional opponents, who they have outscored 30-3 so far this season.
Berkeley Springs traveled to Charles Town on Thursday, September 29 to face Washington. The two teams tied, 2-2, earlier this year, and once more it was closely contested, with Washington scoring the winning goal with under 20 minutes remaining to secure a hard fought 3-2 win over the visiting Tribe.
Jared Levi scored both Indian goals. His first goal came on an assist from Corey Shetler, while his second goal, which gave the Indians a 2-1 lead, was assisted by Cowles.
The Patriots scored twice in the closing minutes to pull out the 3-2 win.
Murray had eight saves for the Indians who were out shot 12-6.
"Jared has been excellent recently," said Chenoweth. “He is fast and tenacious and has been there to pick up the slack when Zach (Wise) isn't 100 percent. We kept them (Washington) off sides a lot early, but eventually they started timing their runs better and really started playing the ball through quickly. Our defense played well – Jake Truax had a great game, but as we've seen in recent weeks all it takes is a moments letdown to concede goals. We still have work to do in the midfield. Washington is a great team that passes the ball expertly and is fast. We really wanted to win, but it was their ‘Senior Night’ and they wanted it more."
Berkeley Springs will try to lock up the top seed in the sectional with two games against Keyser and one game against Frankfort upcoming.
Chenoweth is confident his team will secure the top spot, especially if their health improves.
"This week’s results will determine who gets home field advantage throughout the sectional," Chenoweth said. "When Zach is 100% healthy we are going to have a very potent attack on top."
Berkeley, 7-3-1, has not lost a home game in 2011 and all their loses have been to Class AAA schools, by one goal each.
The Indians travel to Keyser tomorrow, October 6 and to Frankfort on October 8, before hosting Keyser in a make-up game at 7 p.m. on October 10.
Berkeley Springs scheduled contest against Clear Spring last week was canceled and will not be rescheduled.