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Bridgeport rolls past Liberty, 11-0

by Mike Nutter

SPORTS WRITER

CLARKSBURG -- Bridgeport used an overwhelming offensive surge in the second quarter, dominating ball possession and finding the goal five times to roll to an 11-0 victory over Liberty Tuesday night at Hite Field.

It was the season opener for both teams.

The Indians (1-0), who return eight starters from last season's 16-4-1 team which fell one game short of a state tournament berth a season ago, dominated the game from the start and did not allowing a Mountaineer shot on goal until late in the second quarter.

"It was good to get out there and actually play against someone," said senior David Haws. "We wanted to see how good we really were and how we played as a team.

"We usually don't have enough people to play against each other as a whole unit, so I thought we did real well."

Liberty is in just its second season of organized soccer and features a co-ed team.

Bridgeport blasted six shots on goal in the first quarter before senior Kerrin Sheldon scored off an assist from Tyler Williams with 7:24 remaining.

Anthony Ferrari put back a rebound off his own shot, and Sheldon scored again to give the Indians a 3-0 lead.

Williams then scored off one of three Adam Cooper assists to start the five-goal second.

"(Liberty) sat back (on defense) very deep," Indians coach Ian McAra said. "I thought, though, that we did do a very good job of keeping possession."

Kash Kiefer gave the Indians a 5-0 lead and from there, reserves dominated the remainder of the game.

Junior Daniel Fischer scored two of his four goals back to back in the second quarter, and Williams followed his own shot for an 8-0 lead at halftime.

Fischer added two second-half goals, while sophomore Kristopher Grant accounted for the other Bridgeport score.

"What I was most pleased with was that even after we started scoring a few goals, no one was out there trying unnecessary things," McAra said. "I thought they played as they should all the way through the game. The guys in the second half kept it going."

Bridgeport plays its home opener at 7:30 p.m. tonight against East Fairmont at Wayne Jamison Field.

Sports writer Mike Nutter can be reached at 626-1444 or by e-mail at mnutter@exponent-telegram.com