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Hopewell High hoping for third win

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, September 27, 2018

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KENILWORTH, Hanover —Hopewell High seek to equal their best-ever performance in a season when they host winless Merlene Ottey High in an ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup Zone B return round game today at the Kenilworth Heart Academy in Hanover.

Hopewell High have won two games so far and are on six points, and a win today would see them equal their best win record of three games achieved 10 years ago during their first season in the competition.

Their other win this year came against Cambridge High last week when they won 3-1, the first time they were scoring more than two goals in any one game.

This season's form is a big turnaround from last year's when Hopewell High earned one point from their nine games played, while giving up 31 goals in the process.

The eight goals they have scored so far this season double the four they tallied all of last year.

Merlene Ottey High, meanwhile, are in the midst of yet another forgettable daCosta Cup season as they are yet to score a goal, while giving up 17 in their five losses, and have not scored a goal in their last 11 games dating back to the 2015 season when they last took part.

The losing skid is even longer, going back to the 2014 season when they lost all six games for a total of 17 games since their last win coming in the 2011 season.

In 2011 Merlene Ottey High won four of their 12 games, scoring 14 goals, and finished the season with 14 points.

That season they beat Knockalva Technical, Maldon High, Green Island High, and Anchovy High.

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