Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 17, 2013

Princeton girls shut out Spartans

PRINCETON — With much on the line Monday evening, the Princeton girls soccer team rose to the challenge and shut out their rivals from Greenbrier East 2-0 at Everette K. Bailey Field.

“It’s always a close game with Greenbrier East,” said Princeton head coach Michelle Dye. “It was a physical game; it was evenly matched.”

The match had added importance because the teams are in the same Class AAA section, and the school with the best record in the section will host a sectional tournament game.

Greenbrier East (4-3-1) and Princeton (5-3-1) were 18th and 19th in the new state soccer coaches association Class AAA rankings released Monday.

Dye said she was mainly concerned with “just the way they pressured the ball. We figured we’d need to possess the ball and find ways to work it around them.”

The only score of the first half came from reliable junior Amanda Barrett, who took a through ball from Danielle Hall and found the net.

Barrett ran behind Hall in an “overlap” tactic and got open. “We practice overlaps all the time in practice,” Hall said.

Hall added the other goal with 12:15 remaining, charging through the middle and poking the ball past the left upright after making the goalkeeper commit.

“My coach told me to stay with the last defender, and they’d send me through balls, and they did,” Hall said.

“It was a hard game, but we pushed through it and came out victorious,” she said. “It was well-fought. They’ve got a great team.”

Dye said that the Spartans had plenty of speed on their front line.

“We had Tory Billips with her speed back there” on defense, Dye said. “They couldn’t get it past her.”

On the Spartans’ long boots into Princeton territory, Dye said, “Our goalkeeper Haley Coburn was able to come out of goal and put a stop to that.”

Greenbrier East head coach Sean Acord said, “We controlled the first half. They got two shots on goal and put one of theirs in. That’s been our story all season ... We just haven’t finished around the goal.”

The Spartans have 35 players available, he said, including 15 freshmen and 10 sophomores. That depth should come in handy this week. Greenbrier East plays today at Nicholas County, Thursday at Bluefield and Saturday at Charleston Catholic.

Princeton plays at St. Albans today and at George Washington on Thursday. The Tigers host Ripley on Saturday afternoon.

— Contact Tom Bone at tbone@bdtonline.com

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