Indians carry momentum into postseason
The Berkeley Springs High School Boys Soccer Team won their final five games of the year, including three last week, to end the regular season with a 12-4-1 record. The record includes a sweep of sectional opponents and four victories over Class AAA schools.
The Indians began the final week of the regular season with a 5-1 win over Keyser on Monday, October 10, in Berkeley Springs.
The Indians got a pair of goals from Zach Wise and one goal each from Derrick Cowles, Dylan Trip and Rex Truax for their second win over the Golden Tornado in as many weeks.
Zane Mokhiber assisted on two goals, with Wise and Cowles assisting on one each.
Quentin Godman had four saves for the Indians.
The following day Berkeley Springs prevailed 3-1 over the visiting Gaels of St. Maria Goretti in the final home game of the year.
Wise scored two more goals, the 99th and 100th of his career, leading the Tribe to their 11th win of the year. Mokhiber scored the third Indian goal, while Cowles picked up a pair of assists.
“Zach Wise is a beast," said Berkeley Springs coach Jamie Chenoweth. “One hundred goals in a career is amazing and rare, but to get there as a junior is unprecedented."
The offense was impressive, but the defense held up its end of the bargain too. Especially goalkeeper Caleb Murray who was credited with 14 saves.
"Caleb was excellent tonight," said Chenoweth. “He had some saves that will end up on highlight reels. It was a night to remember. We played well against a strong opponent."
Murray is one of several seniors that made their final home appearance in a regular season game. They have meant a lot to the program and will be sorely missed by their coach.
"Zane (Mokhiber), Dylan (Trip), Derrick (Cowles), Caleb (Murray), Rex (Truax), Tyler (Lineburg), Mark (Nicholson) and Gavin (Adams), this year’s senior class, holds a special place in my heart," Chenoweth said. “Some of them were freshmen when we were state champs and their dedication and growth these past years is evident. They took the torch and kept the flame burning."
The Indians ended the regular season with a 5-1 road win against Hampshire County.
Wise and Jared Levi scored two goals each, while Trip added a fifth. Also having a big game was Cowles who assisted on four of the five Indian goals and Murray who recorded five saves.
Berkeley Springs dominated the action, out shooting the Trojans 19-6.
"We controlled the ball," Chenoweth said. “With the playoffs coming, it was nice to secure a lead and get everyone into the game.
The Indians hosted an opening round game yesterday, October 18, and will host the sectional final tomorrow, October 20 at 6 p.m.
"This season went by really quickly," said Chenoweth. “Already, its win or go home."