Cornerstone opens 2-0

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By Todd Martin

The Cornerstone soccer team opened play this week, winning two games at home.

Despite having just more than enough players to play, the Bulldogs are coasting early with a 5-0 win over AIE on last Thursday and a 2-0 win over Frankfort Christian Tuesday.

First-year CCA head coach Sara Barber said she was impressed with her team.

"I thought they did very well and played as a team," she said. "With not having subs (against Frankfort) I expected them to get worn out, but they just kept going."

AIE had 19 to 20 players, Barber said, but still her short-sided squad didn't relent.

"I really expected AIE to wear us out by the second half, but obviously that didn't happen," she said.

Jesse Benson again this year is providing the bulk of the scoring for the Bulldogs. Benson recorded a hat trick against AIE and picked up another goal against Frankfort.

Barber said she hopes her team can maintain its current pace.

"I still worry about endurance, but we play two games within 24-hours this weekend, so we'll find out how well they hold up," she said. "But if they keep working hard, I think we can find ways to keep winning."

Cornerstone will travel to Glasgow on Friday for a 5:30 p.m. game against Glasgow Christian, and Saturday they'll head to Heritage Christian Academy in Hopkinsville for a 1 p.m. game.

Along with Benson's inspired play, Barber noted that Jeffrey Chalfant has been a welcome addition.

"I've actually was very pleased with his play against Frankfort," Barber said. "He came out because we needed some more players, and he hasn't played soccer in 11 or 12 years. But he had one practice and came out and played well against Frankfort."