Brooke boys blank JM

WELLSBURG – For the Brooke boys soccer team, the learning process continues.

The Bruins took another step forward Thursday evening against John Marshall, as they played a solid all-around game en route to a 6-0 victory over the Monarchs at Brooke Memorial Stadium.

“It was a good night,” Brooke head coach Joe Pepe, who is in his first year with the Bruins, said.

Four players scored goals for the Bruins (2-3), who have now won two out of their last three games.

Freshmen Konner Govey recorded a hat trick along with two assists to lead the way offensively for Brooke.

Also for the victors, sophomore Gavin Browne and senior Garrison Mathison each netted a goal and an assist, sophomore Dylan Wounaris scored a goal and classmate Austin Tennant tallied an assist.

“We have a come a long way since the summer,” Pepe said. “We have four seniors, three juniors and the rest are underclassmen. We have 14 freshmen, and seven of those have never seen a soccer ball before. This is their first year playing. The kids are doing extremely well.”

Senior goalie Chris Beaman recorded his first shutout of the season. Beaman made four saves in the game.

John Marshall junior goalie Greg Shutler was a busy man throughout the contest. Brooke fired 27 shots on goal, and Shutler ended making 20 saves on the evening.

“Give John Marshall credit,” Pepe said. “They didn’t quit. They played hard for the whole 80 minutes. They showed no quit, and our kids didn’t quit either. The coaches are proud of the kids on both teams.”

The Bruins scored early in the game, and Brooke continued to attack in the second half.

“They are in a rebuilding year, and we are in a rebuilding year,” Pepe said. “Our kids played extremely well. They played extremely hard.

“We jumped out on Wheeling Park 1-0, but Park came back in the second half to beat us 3-1. Wheeling Park beat these guys 9-0 last year. We want these kids to believe in themselves and to believe the hard work they put in each night will pay off for them.”

Like Brooke, John Marshall is a young team this season. The Monarchs only have two seniors on their roster.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Pepe said. “We did play them while I was at Weir, but they dropped us when they joined the Two Rivers Athletic Conference. (Brooke is) also in the Two Rivers Conference so we play them. At Weir, I tried to play some of the teams we will play this season.”

Both teams are scheduled to play Saturday on the road. John Marshall is slated to play at 11 a.m. at Tyler Consolidated, while Brooke is scheduled to play at 2 p.m. at University.

“We have a young team,” Pepe said. “We know we are going to take some beatings, but these kids are resilient. Their attitudes are great. I couldn’t ask for a better bunch of players.”