Hurricane boys settle for soccer tie with Woodrow
HURRICANE, W.Va. - The work continues for Hurricane.
Guillermo Ugarte scored a goal to give the host Redskins the early lead Thursday evening, but Woodrow Wilson's Corey Accord netted the equalizer right before halftime and it stayed that way in a 1-1 tie. A crowd of about 100 attended the Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference matchup.
After Ugarte's tally less than five minutes into the opening half, defending state champion Hurricane (2-0-1), which is trying to overcome the loss of nine starters, had only one more shot on goal the rest of the game.
Ugarte, a foreign-exchange student from Chile, dribbled about 10 yards into the penalty-box area after receiving the pass. He then fought off two defenders before flicking the ball past Flying Eagles senior keeper Josh Moore with 35:25 remaining.
Accord, a junior, knotted the game at 1-all for Woodrow with 13:19 left in the first half on a header. Junior Colton Hatfield's corner kick was headed in the box by senior Matt Sumpter and Accord came in from the left post to clean up the loose ball for the Flying Eagles (0-2-1).
"We've just got to come out quicker and at a faster pace,'' said Hurricane senior keeper Tim Hayslett, who allowed his first goal of the season after two straight shutouts and finished with four saves.
"It's just a matter of how bad we want games. We had some minor mistakes and it cost us. We got kind of lazy in the first half. I'm proud of my team for the way they showed up in the second half and the way that they hustled.''
Woodrow sent a shot off the right post early in the second half that Hayslett corralled at the mouth of the goal. Ugarte had a chance to put the Redskins ahead with 29:46 to go, but was just wide right after intercepting a pass just outside the box. Hurricane had two corner kicks, but couldn't get anything going off its set pieces.
"The boys are upset with our result and that's good,'' said Hurricane first-year coach Derek Ragle, who led George Washington to last year's AAA girls state championship game in his first year. "You like that. That was a good result for us. [Woodrow was] on our end most of the first half. They were really taking it to us.''
The Redskins lost nine starters and head coach Jim Dagostine from last year's title team, the first in school history, and are trying to put the pieces back together for another run.
"We need to get used to playing with each other,'' Hayslett said. "We don't have that chemistry like the team last year. This team, I love these boys. They're my family. They play with heart. I'm ready to build more chemistry with them.''
Woodrow (0-2-1), which didn't have any scrimmages before the season started, dropped its first two games to state-tournament contenders Huntington and Morgantown after jumping out to 2-0 leads in both contests.
"We kind of hit the skids right off the bat,'' said Woodrow coach Rocky Powell of his team's start to the year. "We're just trying to get the feel of what's going on. I was real pleased with the way they played [Thursday against Hurricane].''
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