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Brooke Upsets Park

Bruins to take on Red Devils

September 28, 2012
By JOSH STROPE - Staff Writer ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Brooke and Wheeling Park are two evenly matched teams and their quarterfinal match of the OVAC Cup Tournament looked like one that could go all night.

It almost did.

Instead, Haley Dalton scored off a perfect corner kick from freshman Cheyenne Hudson in the 76th minute and No. 6 Brooke upset No. 3 Wheeling Park, 1-0, on Thursday at Red Devil Stadium.

Brooke moves on to play St. Clairsville, a 4-0 winner against Wheeling Central, in the semfinals Saturday at Wheeling Island Stadium.

''What an exciting game and the girls played their hearts out the entire game,'' Brooke coach Lee Weppler said. ''We played a technical game, played it simple and followed our game plan. We had a great first touch and I can't say enough about their effort.

''We wanted to make sure - Wheeling Park is an extremely strong team possessing the ball - and we wanted to apply pressure and make it difficult for them. We wanted to make them think about their first touch.''

The match was back and forth for nearly the entire game and both teams thought they had broke the scoreless tie in the second half.

Wheeling Park's Rebecca Sellers had a goal called back after the officials called a foul in the box. Less than a minute later, Brooke's Michaela Hinerman came charging in on a corner kick, only to have her hard shot stopped by a Patriots defender before it crossed the goal line, allowing Park goalkeeper Devyn Nickerson to jump on it.

But while the Bruins (7-5-1) didn't score on that chance, they made good on their next opportunity 10 minutes later.

Hudson's corner kick sailed over the heads of many players in the box and the hands of Nickerson, only to come to Dotson, whose shot somehow got through a group of Wheeling Park defenders and into the net with 4:24 showing on the clock.

''We have a freshman, Cheyenne, that plays brilliant balls in, just phenomenal,'' Weppler said. ''I told the girls that its a 50-50 ball in the box and you just have to have that effort and want it more than they do. We finished that one.''

Wheeling Park (8-4-2) managed just two shots on goal in the match and none in the second half.

''We had a lot more possession than Brooke but we didn't get the goals that we needed,'' Wheeling Park coach Aubrey Taylor said. ''I thought too many of the calls went against us and that slowed down our play. Some of it was our own mistakes with our trapping and passing.

''They had more players in the back on defense and we weren't connecting our passes as well. Our midfield wasn't coming up and connecting with our forwards. They had a lot more numbers and always had the pressure on our forwards. We had some shots but they went over the goal.''

Brooke defeated St. Clairsville, 1-0, earlier in the season.

''St. Clairsville, another tough game,'' Weppler said. ''They are an extremely talented team. They give 110 percent effort every game and I'm sure they are looking forward to playing us. We are up for the challenge.''

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