Boys soccer team beats Hampshire County, 7-2
On Thursday, October 4, the Berkeley Springs boys soccer team defeated Keyser 7-2 at Morgan Field in Berkeley Springs.
The Indians dominated the action, outshooting their Mineral County rival 27-5, on their way to the comfortable victory. Leading 3-1 at the half, Berkeley Springs added four more goals in the second half for the final margin of victory.
Matt Martin, returning to the lineup, scored two goals, giving him an area-best 17 on the season. Guidel Guzman also scored twice and Paul Truitt once. Josh Wise had four assists and Martin two.
Brian Francis had three saves in goal, to preserve Berkeley Springs' seventh win of the year.
Berkeley Springs wasn't so fortunate against Musselman and Hampshire County, losing to the Applemen 3-0 on Tuesday, October 2, and to the Golden Tornados 3-2 on Saturday, October 6.
Both losses were heartbreaking, as the Indians played well enough to win, but made some key mistakes and had some bad breaks that were costly.
The game was tied 0-0 against Musselman with 19 minutes remaining in the contest, when Musselman scored on a penalty kick. It was a controversial goal, resulting from a hand ball that the Berkeley Springs faithful questioned. The call seemed to take the wind out of the Indians sails as Musselman scored two more times to make the final 3-0.
Against Keyser, Berkeley Springs seemed to dominate the action, but made some crucial errors that led to a 3-2 loss to their sectional rival. Cody Riffle had an unassisted goal, while Ben Debelius scored on an assist from Wise. It was Wise's 17th assist of the year, which is leading all area players.
John Gordon had two saves and Francis one for the Indians. Regular goalie Dustin Triplett missed the last two games with an injury, something that has plagued Berkeley Springs all year.
Berkeley Springs has not played their best soccer of the year yet and much of that can be attributed to injuries. Those close to the program believe that this team can win the sectional. They believe that the loss to Hampshire may have been a wake-up call, which will help Berkeley Springs as they get ready for sectional play.
The Indians, 7-9-1, play at Frankfort today, October 10, and will finish the regular season in Clear Spring, Md. on Saturday, October 13.Boys soccer team beats Hampshire County, 7-2