Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 22, 2013

Independence denied

EAST RIVER — Tyler Brooks had a goal and five assists, while Zach Springman and Ryan Stamper each had three goals to lead the Bluefield Beavers to a 9-0 win over the Independence Patriots in boys sectional soccer play Tuesday evening at the East River Soccer Complex.

With the win the Beavers will take on the PikeView Panthers, Thursday, for the sectional championship.

“Tyler Brooks stepped up and played exactly how we wanted him to play,” said Bluefield coach Robb Williams. “We had not been working the wings as much. Tonight we concentrated on that. We’ll try to do the same thing against PikeView. We’re going to try to push the ball and hopefully we’ll get lucky... We’re either going to get beat very bad, or it’s going to be a close win for us. We’re going to try to push it.”

Bluefield’s first goal came five minutes into the game when Springman headed Brooks’ pass into the net. Stamper made it 2-0 on another assist from  Brooks before Franklin Dennah got his name in the scoring column with a goal.

Brooks then fed Stamper for another score before Brooks himself found the back of the next to make it 5-0. Bluefield’s final goal of the half came from Stamper and the Beavers took a 6-0 lead into the intermission.

In the second half Springman scored a pair of goals, wrapped around Justin Fox’s score.

Williams commended his team and his assistant coach Devon Williams for the work they did against the Miners.

“We actually tried a totally different formation, just getting ready for PikeView,” Williams said. “I think they are ranked fourth now and they’re a very classy team. They expect to go to the state championship, nothing short of that and rightfully so.

“Independence played tough. They never do anything they should do, they really play hard. It’s very difficult for a team to have both genders playing on a team against just boys, so that makes it very tough. Their goalkeepers, both the young lady (Jessica Lilly) and the fellow in the second half (Brett Gadomski) played very solid. We kept shooting and they were good sports.”

Independence is a co-ed team and coach Jennifer Deel said it is difficult in a program which does not have feeder programs, to compete against schools such as Bluefield. She did, point out that the team did achieve goals set by the players.

“We have made several personal improvements,” Deel said. “We don’t have a feeder program so we really struggle every year to get the kids playing. However, individually they made some improvements.”

Independence ends its season winless, while Bluefield improved to 11-8-1 and will play PikeView for the sectional championship and the right to advance to regional play next week.  The match with the Panthers is set for Thursday at the East River Soccer Complex at 7 p.m.

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