Rousing start to Jefferson girls soccer season continues

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — It has been a complete reversal of consequence for the Jefferson High girls soccer team.

Last season, the Lady Cougars lost their first five games before finding a telling number of wins and finishing with a winning season.

Here in 2012, Jefferson ran its early-season record to 3-0-0 with a dominating, 6-1, win over visiting Hampshire.

From winless to unbeaten for the Lady Cougars.

Rachel Ransom and Becca Colbert both registered two goals for the winning Lady Cougars. The goals were Ransom’s fourth and fifth of the undefeated season. Also scoring for Jefferson were Molly Hoffman and Jessica Shakesprere .

Jefferson goalkeeper Shelbie Spenser was credited with 11 saves in the latest Lady Cougar win.

The win streak was halted last Saturday when the Lady Cougars visited Parkersburg High and fell to the Big Reds, 2-0.

Parkersburg outshot the Lady Cougars, 26-9, with Jefferson goalkeeper Spenser being credited with 19 saves.

Jefferson’s record was 3-0-1 on returning from Wood County.

Jefferson was 2-0-0 after its girls soccer team had blanked invading Hedgesville, 4-0, behind the defense and the scoring of Rachel Ransom, Molly Hoffman, Kiersten Barnholt, and Jessica Shakesprere.

With four different players scoring goals, the Lady Cougars took a 2-0 lead by halftime and then added second-half goals to leave no doubt as to their superiority last Tuesday night at home.

Shakesprere and Hoffman had the first-half goals and Ransom and Barnholt had their goals in the second half.

Although it generally controlled the flow of play with its offense, Jefferson saw the Lady Eagles attempt less than a handful of shot-attempts that had some chance of success.

Hedgesville, which was playing its season opener, found itself trailing, 3-0, when with nine minutes gone in the last half Ransom counted her third goal of the still-young season. Barnholt scored with about 16 minutes remaining when she accepted an assist pass from Shakesprere.

Jefferson attempted nearly three times as many shots as the outgunned Lady Eagles.

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