Means said, "Jared Butler, he's probably got the best touch on the team. I don't know if he missed that or did that on purpose, because sometimes he does do some stuff with the ball that you won't believe, in practice. We've been telling him, 'You don't have to blast every time, just put it in the corner.'"
Hurricane coach Derek Ragle wasn't worried about the shot's artistry. By his reckoning, his back-line defense wasn't artistic at all.
"Timmy does a good job back there, and sometimes he'll mistakes," Ragle said. "But to be honest, it was an error in marking. We've got to do a better job of getting with guys and staying with them. You know, not a lot of keepers are going to be able to stop a shot from about 15 yards away, point-blank."
The Redskins pushed forward the last 25 minutes, creating several chances and forcing SC keeper Jacob Gordon to make eight saves. But in the 74th minute, Butler and Brown made Hurricane pay for its aggressiveness, with Brown outrunning Hayslett for a tap-in goal and a 3-1 lead.
Hurricane fell to 6-3-1, while South Charleston rose to 7-3-1. Means said he saw a fundamental improvement in this match.
"We've had some problems earlier in the season, standing, guys wanting to dribble too much," he said. "I think they're finally seeing the results of what they can actually do if they play together.
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