CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Several of the pieces that lifted Hurricane to the Class AAA boys soccer state championship departed, including long-time Coach Jim Dagostine, since last season, though the Redskins have opened the 2013 schedule with back-to-back wins.
It's a new makeup, but through two games Hurricane (2-0) and first-year Coach Derek Ragle have employed a winning equation, including a 2-0 win at Capital (1-1) Tuesday. Senior foreign-exchange student Guillermo Ugarte, of Chile, and junior Loran Meadows provided the difference with the game's lone goals.
"This situation I stepped into, we lost eight, nine starters from last year," Ragle said. "Every day we have to improve and so far I've been really pleased. We can't do any better, we're 2-0."
While the teams locked in battle throughout, Ugarte's first-half goal ultimately made the difference. Ugarte scored on a penalty kick, following a Capital handball, 23 minutes into the first half. Positioned in the middle of the box, Ugarte sized Cougars sophomore goalkeeper Kevin Jones and fired home the decisive kick into the net.
With a one-goal advantage and both teams threatening throughout the second half, Meadows added the game's second goal on a set piece, with Ugarte on the assist, with 8 minutes remaining in the contest. The goal instantly provided greater comfort to the Redskins who had fought to dismiss Capital's offensive pressure.
Meadows and Ugarte have proved pivotal this season thus far offensively for Hurricane. The duo has combined to account for all seven Redskins goals this season. Meadows tallied three goals and Ugarte two in Hurricane's season-opening 5-0 win versus Teays Valley Christian on Saturday.
The tandem's scoring success is a direct result of their instant bond, Ragle said.
"As soon as Guillermo came here from Chile, they developed a quick chemistry together," Ragle said. "It's blossomed into a pretty potent combination on the field."