\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_29211" align="aligncenter" width="1585"]<img class="size-full wp-image-29211" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/08\/Mark-girls-soccer.jpg" alt="" width="1585" height="1050" \/> (Photo by Mark Robinson)<br \/>In a game played Saturday afternoon at Spartan stadium, East\u2019s Maggie Bartenslager gets a toe on a shot by Hurricane\u2019s Isabella Ruggier to deflect it left of the net.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>In a doubleheader played Saturday afternoon at Spartan Field, the boys soccer team played Pikeview, rolling to a 11-0 rout.<\/h1>\r\nThe girls soccer team played Hurricane, which scored just a couple of minutes into the game with a corner kick, then held on for the duration of the game for a 1-0 victory.\r\n\r\nThe boys dominated the field, and their passing was exceptional, with head coach Lucas Lemine commenting that they completed more than 300 passes in the second half. Most of those scores came from close in, as they worked the ball through the defensive formations. The Spartan goalie didn\u2019t see much action, as his teammates kept the ball at the other end of the field for much of the game. Brandon Barnes scored three goals, one a beautiful boot that left his foot just as the goalie was closing from in front of him, and a defensive player closed from behind.\u00a0 Scott Soucier had a breakaway goal when he got behind the defense and bested the goalie before he could get out to try to block the shot.\r\n\r\nThe Pikeview coach commented after the game on the Spartans\u2019 balance, as they use a number of offensive tools to win the game. Unable to focus on one standout player, it keeps the defense honest, needing to watch a number of skilled players. The Spartans play unselfishly, giving up the ball when a teammate has a better shot.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_29212" align="aligncenter" width="1586"]<img class="size-full wp-image-29212" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/08\/Mark-boys-soccer.jpg" alt="" width="1586" height="1050" \/> (Photo by Mark Robinson)<br \/>Greenbrier East\u2019s Brandon Barnes (in white) and Pikeview\u2019s Bill Farmer turn toward the ball in the first half of a game played at Spartan stadium Saturday afternoon.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nIn the girls game, the Redskins and the Spartans appeared to be evenly matched, both teams showing good footwork and ball skills, and both defenses repeatedly rising to the occasion to deny goals.\u00a0 Both goalies saw action, as there were a number of shots on goal; they just weren\u2019t connecting. As the second half progressed, Hurricane emphasized their defense, falling back in tight formations to make it more difficult for East to find that one opening to tie the game.\r\n\r\nFreshman Emma Dotson was a key player in the middle, with good dribbling skills and accurate passes forward. Carley Midkiff is always active, covering the field well, and was usually in the vicinity of the ball. It was a game that easily could have gone a different direction, as East has more than enough skill and hustle to win this one. But in soccer, perhaps more than any other sport, a few inches here, a second or two there, and the point isn\u2019t scored and the game is gone.\r\n\r\nThe girls\u2019 next game is against Nicholas County on Aug. 31, in Summersville.