Indians cinch top seed
Berkeley Springs High School Boys Soccer Team edged Frankfort 3-2 on Saturday, October 8, at Frankfort, and with the win sewed up the top seed in their section.
The Falcons put up quite a battle, but it wasn't unexpected according to Berkeley Springs coach Jamie Chenoweth.
"I warned the boys about playing Frankfort on their field," said Chenoweth. “It was their senior day and when we allowed them the first goal, I knew we were in for a test."
Frankfort scored the first goal of the game on a direct kick from outside the box to take a 1-0 lead. Zach Wise scored before the half ended on an assist from Corey Shetler and the teams went to the intermission deadlocked at 1-1.
Derrick Cowles gave the Indians the lead when a long ball sent up by Tyler Lineburg was passed by Jared Levi to Cowles, who buried the shot, putting Berkeley Springs on top 2-1. Frankfort battled back and tied the game midway through the final half, before Cain Ooten nailed a rebound past the Frankfort goalie for the winning goal. On the play, Cowles drilled a shot that bounced off the goalie's hands and Ooten was there for the game-winner.
"His goal was a tremendous relief," said a relieved Chenoweth. “In the last two games, Cain has had an immediate impact when he went in."
The Indians out shot Frankfort 9-6, with goalkeeper Caleb Murray recording five saves.
Berkeley Springs lost a one-goal game to Musselman earlier in the week, before blasting sectional rival Keyser on Thursday.
On October 4, Musselman invaded Morgan Field and got got a late goal to defeat the Tribe 3-2.
Berkeley Springs took a 2-1 halftime lead on goals from Wise and Levi.
On the first goal Levi dribbled through several defenders and sent a pretty pass to Wise who drilled the ball into the back of the net. Levi's goal came off a rebounded shot off the foot of Dylan Trip, who picked up the assist.
Two second-half goals by Musselman's Jordan Butler, one on a controversial penalty kick and the other in the 72nd minute, sealed the Musselman win.
Murray had five saves for the Indians, with both teams recording eight shots on goal.
"At times we passed well, but conditions made it difficult to sustain a passing rhythm," Chenoweth said. “It was a bitter loss for a number of reasons."
Two days later Berkeley Springs skill, quickness and speed was on full display as they shutout Keyser, in Keyser, 8-0.
"We're a different team on turf," said Chenoweth.
And, the Indians showed it out shooting their Class AA rival 15-5.
Wise had a huge game for the Indians. The talented forward had five goals and two assists. Levi had one goal and an two assists, while Zane Mokhiber and Ooten had one goal each. Trip had a pair of assists while Rex Truax and Lineburg recorded one apiece.
"Zach (Wise) is feeling better," Chenoweth said. “He is approaching the century mark in career goals, and he is only a junior. I hope he can get in front of a large home crowd."
Wise now has 96 career goals, just 14 short of the state record of 110 held by his older brother Josh.
Murray had four saves.
The Indians, who improved to 9-4-1, had games on Monday and Tuesday and will end the regular season tomorrow, October 13, at Hampshire County.
Sectional play begins next week with the Indians hosting both sectional games, assuming they win their first, on October 18 and 20.