Martinsburg too much for Tigers
MARTINSBURG – Tristen Reid was the leading goal scorer for the Bulldogs in a successful 2012 season.
Fittingly as Martinsburg’s leading offensive threat, he scored the first goal of the new season for Martinsburg, along with the team’s third and fourth goals, as well.
Reid scored three times for a hat trick as Martinsburg defeated Elkins, 5-1.
“I was very pleased with the way they performed today,” Martinsburg head coach Curt Czarnecki said. “They were ready, and the offense was clicking right away.
“Things really opened up for us in the second half.”
Down 1-0 early, after a previous failed attempt to score, Reid answered in the 14th minute.
Taking his shot from about 35 yards from the goal, Reid fired and connected as the ball rolled past Elkins’ keeper Tyler Gray, evening the game at 1.
Neither team scored again until early in the second half when Touissant Boulaz took a pass from Reid and scored in the 46th minute.
Eight minutes into the half, it was again Reid’s turn to score.
James Myers sent a long pass up the field to Reid, who gathered the ball and placed it in the left corner of the net, putting the Bulldogs ahead 3-1.
With 10 minutes remaining, Reid again beat the Elkins keeper after he received a lob pass from forward Erik Ochoa that went over a string of defenders.
“(Tristen) is a goal scorer, he’s a finisher,” Czarnecki said. “You give credit to who is feeding him the ball. Our midfielders did a great job of putting him in position to score.
“Hopefully, there’s great things from him this year.”
Boulaz is new to the team, but Reid was pleased at the chemistry between the two.
“I’m surprised our chemistry is so good already,” Reid said. “Ten games in and I think we’ll be even better.”
Coming off the bench, Jeremy Smith scored the Bulldogs’ fifth goal.
Tyler Richards toed a crossing pass from the left side to the middle of the field where Smith was running to. Smith tapped in the goal as Tyler Gray was coming out of the net.
Cord Elmer scored from about 20 yards away after he received a pass from Linkoln Barger in the fifth minute for Elkins’ lone goal.
Martinsburg outshot Elkins by eight in total shots and 12-2 in shots on goal.
The Bulldogs had 10 shots on target in the second half alone.
With all of those shots, Martinsburg had some opportunities in the game that it could not capitalize on.
Trying to answer the Tigers’ quick goal, Reid took a shot attempt but aimed just too high as the ball hit off the top post.
A few minutes later, the Bulldogs had two other opportunities to score but could not get a shot off.
“I think the nerves played a big part in the first half,” Czarnecki said. “We scrimmaged on Wednesday and started slow. We started slow today, too.
“We can move the ball. Opportunities are going to happen and to stay patient with the way that we play our game.”
Reid said, “It feels good,” talking about the hat trick.
“I’d definitely give the win to the team,” Reid added. “The whole team was working hard. Everyone played strong.
“I feel like everyone could’ve had three (goals).”