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Colts fall short in regional title tilt

Bridgeport advances to state tourney with 5-0 win over Philip Barbour

October 24, 2012
By Andrew Davis Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

BRIDGEPORT - Brandon Hanlan scored three goals to lead Bridgeport to a 5-0 win over Philip Barbour Tuesday in the Class AA, Region II championship game at Wayne Jamison Field.

The Indians (16-4-2) advanced to the state tournament and will play Charleston Catholic on Nov. 2 in Beckley.

"We're excited about the opportunity to move on to the state tournament," said Bridgeport coach Danny Hamrick. "We like our chances with Charleston Catholic because we saw them already in the regular season. We lost to them 5-1, but I feel we're a lot better team now."

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Philip Barbour High School’s Matt Crickard, left, battles Bridgeport’s Michael Fouts for a loose ball Tuesday in the Class AA, Region II championship game at Wayne Jamison Field. The Indians advanced to the state tourney with a 5-0 win.

Bridgeport jumped out to a 1-0 advantage when Hanlan scored off an assist from Fernando Porras with 26 minutes left in the first half.

The Indians extended the lead to 2-0 when Hanlan scored his second goal off a pass from Logan Lang.

Bridgeport took a two-goal advantage into the half and pushed the deficit to 3-0 when Hanlan scored his final goal of game off an assists from Joey Reese with 32 minutes left in the game.

Nicholas Strogen found the back off the net for Bridgeport off pass from Joey Reese with 27 minutes left in the contest to make it 4-0.

Bridgeport capped off the scoring when Cody Hutcheson scored off an assists from Alex Rice with 12 minutes left in the game.

The Indians held an 11-1 advantage in shots on goal and had a 3-0 edge in corner kicks.

Jonah James had one save in goal for Bridgeport.

"I thought we played well," Hamrick said. "We controlled the tempo of the game and jumped out early and played some good defense. I thought Brandon Hanlan really played well - he's tough to defend."

Tyler Schiefelbein had one save in goal for the Colts, who ended the season with a 12-9-1 record.

"We didn't play well," Philip Barbour coach Ron Jones said. "We tried to make some adjustments, but it didn't work. I thought we had a good year and had one of the best teams in the school's history for soccer. We have a lot of younger kids, so the future is bright for us."



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