Chesapeake routs Meade, 8-0; Titus notches pair, six others also score in romp by defending 4A champs; Boys soccer


Chesapeake visited Meade yesterday afternoon and put in eight goals.

Afterward, Mustangs coach Mike Dey said there wasn't much either of his two keepers could do about any of them.

Clearly, the No. 7-ranked Cougars, last year's Class 4A state champions, were at their finishing best as they provided an 8-0 lesson to a banged-up and overwhelmed Meade team.

A four-goal barrage in the opening minutes of the second half abruptly turned a 2-0 lead into a rout for the Cougars, who got goals from seven players to win for the eighth straight time after a season-opening loss.

The Mustangs, without five regulars and the speed to match up with the Cougars for 80 minutes, dropped to 4-2-1 on the season.

In 1998, the Cougars captured their first state title with senior standouts Dustin Abey, Mike McIntyre and Billy Adams providing the majority of the scoring.

So where is all the goal production coming from so far this season?

"Everyone," said junior Adrian Titus, whose two goals and assist last night gave him 11 goals and three assists on the season.

"We lost a lot of people from last year and have to find others to step up. We've spent a lot of time in our offensive third in practice lately and to come out and score those three or four goals in a couple of minutes like that, it has us all feeling pretty good right now."

Most of the way was vintage Cougars attack -- get the ball to the corner flags and then pound the ball inside.

With the 2-0 lead at the break, Titus started the second-half scoring spree with a volley from 15 yards out off a cross by Karl Watson (one goal, two assists) from the left corner.

It was Titus again, followed by goals from Jon Zuniga and Watson in a span of five minutes, to put the game away in impressive fashion.

Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhardt, not particularly pleased with the way his Cougars have been playing recently despite the string of wins, couldn't help but be happy.

"I've been saying all along we've been winning but not playing as well as we can. Tonight we saw a flash of what we can do," he said. "The combinations in the second half were absolutely beautiful. That's what we practice over and over again and to see it gave me goose bumps on my arms."

Mike Jungerheld and Chris Watson each added a goal and an assist.

Watson provided the Cougars with their opening goal 10 minutes in, getting a one-touch pass from brother, Karl, to work himself down the right wing.

The Mustangs had to shuffle their lineup to offset a number of injuries -- sacrificing offense for defense -- but there were no answers to be found against the Cougars.

"All their goals were solid," said Dey. "We just didn't pick up their runners and were under attack the whole night. And unfortunately, they were putting the ball in the net."

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