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Bruins Boys Come Up Short - Brooke’s season comes to an end with a 2-0 loss

October 26, 2007
FAIRMONT — It was a solid season for Brooke, but in the end, it was Morgantown that will advance to the state tournament.

The Mohigans got two goals from Wesley Shumway as Morgantown defeated the Bruins, 2-0, to win the West Virginia Region One championship Thursday at East-West Stadium.

‘‘Morgantown has a very nice team and we knew what we were up against coming in,’’ Brooke coach John Zumpetta said. ‘‘They move the ball very well and have nice quickness. We played them earlier in the year and had the same result.’’

Brooke had the first quality scoring chance as Anthony Santangelo fired a shot from 40 yards away, but the ball just hit the top of the crossbar and fell harmlessly out of trouble.

The Bruins controlled most of the first half, outshooting the Mohigans, 6-3, but Brooke was unable to get the ball past Morgantown goalie Sean Coffers.

Coffers made four saves in securing the shutout.

On the other side of the net, Brooke goalkeeper John Paull was injured earlier in the match and Josh Counselman was left to face the talented Morgantown squad.

The high-scoring Mohigans (15-3-1) got a big boost right before half, scoring the first goal with 1:34 remaining until intermission.

Ryder Lamb sent a lead pass to Shumway deep inside the Bruins penalty box and the senior slid the ball into the corner past Counselman for a 1-0 lead.

Brooke (12-6-2) went into halftime against Wheeling Park in the regional final Tuesday with a 1-0 victory, so it knew what kind of struggle it was facing playing from behind.

‘‘We came out and controlled the first 32 minutes of the first half, but we missed a couple big opportunities,’’ Zumpetta said. ‘‘They controlled the final 8 minutes of the first half and were able to take advantage.’’

The Mohigans sealed their trip to Beckley as Shumway intercepted a pass and was 1-on-1 with Counselman and blasted the ball past the Brooke netminder for a two-goal advantage.

‘‘I believe our guys really stepped up and left it on the field (Thursday), playing 110 percent, but Morgantown was just a better team,’’ Zumpetta said.

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