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Football club plays again April 25

By Staff | Apr 23, 2010

Members of this year’s Shepherdstown F.C. Assault soccer team gather infront of the goal prior to their home opener for a team photograph. Shepherdstown lost the match, 3-1, to Bushwaller’s F.C. out of Frederick, Md., in MDSL action. Chronicle photo by Michael Theis

MARTINSBURG – Local pub league entrant Shepherdstown F.C. Assault lost their home opener 3-1 this afternoon in a tightly contested ground game against Bushwaller’s F.C. from Frederick, Md. The loss comes off a season opening 3-2 victory over AFC Inter in the Mason-Dixon league of the Maryland Soccer Association outdoor spring season. All three goals scored by Bushwallers were unassisted.

Shepherdstown tallied early in the match – played at Martinsburg High School’s Coburn Field on South Queen Street – scoring a goal in the fourth minute when midfielder Adrian Morgan crossed to former Shepherd University soccer standout Duncan Williams who scored with a low blazing worm-burner from about 30 yards out.

Shepherdstown’s defensive Captain Matt Mudge’s early vocal organization of the backfield effectively shut down the Bushwaller’s F.C. for two-thirds of the first half. The final 15 minutes of the first half proved deadly for our boys in red and yellow. Bushwaller’s scored the equalizer at the 39th minute, when a series of bad touches on Shepherdstown’s defensive end resulted in Bushwaller’s striker Brian Beard finding the net with an unassisted goal from 20 yards out.

The half got worse from there, with Bushwaller’s F.C. sticking to the script set in minute 39. Once again, the Shepherdstown defense struggled to repel repetitive Bushwallers attacks as the clock wound down on the half. Once again, Beard netted a goal from 20 yards out after Bushwaller’s offense disrupted several chances to clear the ball upfield.

The final goal of the match was scored by Bushwaller’s forward Scott Moler, who scored yet another unassisted goal from 20 yards out in the closing minutes of the game as an emotional Shepherdstown 11 tried in vain to press a late attack.

Shepherdstown drops to 1-1 on the season, with a big game against league rival DMV United set for this Sunday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. at Coburn Field in Martinsburg.