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Riders claim sectional title

October 21, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - The Weir High boys soccer team is one step away from another trip to Beckley.

The Red Riders captured the West Virginia Class AA-A Region 1, Section 1 Championship Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Tyler Consolidated at Jimmy Carey Stadium.

Weir's win gives it a Tuesday 5:30 p.m. date at Fairmont Senior for the right to be in the Final Four.

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Mike Mathison
CHAMPS — The Weir High boys soccer team won the West Virginia Class AA-A Region 1, Section 1 championship Saturday at Jimmy Carey Stadium with a 3-0 victory over Tyler Consolidated.

"We're going to be ready to go against Fairmont Senior," Pepe said of the squad who owns a 5-1 win over the Red Riders back on Aug. 25. "I think Fairmont Senior caught us off-guard the last time. We were a little flat when we came out. We gave them three goals.

"Hopefully, this will be a different game."

The Red Riders came into the game having won five of six, with victories over Brooke, Big Red, Wheeling Park, Ravenswood and University.

"You have to give our kids credit," said Pepe. "They came in today and got the job done. We knew Tyler was a better team than earlier in the year. They have a good team and will have a good team coming back. They played well today.

"But, we also have a good team and our kids also played well.

"This is a veteran team and they know what has to be done."

Alex Hannah, off a Steven Maragos assist, gave Weir a 1-0 lead at halftime.

"The one-goal lead is not very fun at all," said Pepe, whose team is 16-3-1. "We needed at least one more. We told the kids in the locker room that they were one goal away from tying this game up. We needed the comfort."

For Tyler Consolidated coach Scott Wall, that one-goal margin was nothing, considering the Red Riders had defeated the Silver Knights 6-0 on Sept. 4, but entered the game having won six in a row.

"We thought we were still in the game," he said. "We felt good about it. We fel thtat we had a couple of offensive opportunities. It wasn't necessarily a one-sided attack on us."

Kenny Muhart scored at 21:47 of second half from Ryan Duke on a quick strike and Weir had a 2-0 lead over Tyler Consolidated.

"We knew Weir was fast and we knew they would come at us defensively with everything they had," Wall said. "We didn't see the back side and they ate us up the first game.

"We tried to focus on that and did a better job on that. Soccer is one of those games that in the blink of an eye it can change on you really fast and that's what happened to us today.

"Being down 2-0 we still felt we were in it, but the third one was tough to come back from."

That was Maragos with 8:36 left in the game.

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