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Training pays off in Cox's state final win

Updated: June 9, 2009, 9:35 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

The boys' soccer team at Frank W. Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.) won the Virginia Group AAA state title 2-1 over Mills Godwin (Richmond, Va.) on Sunday. Truth is, the victory was put in motion five months ago.

First-year coach Scott Mead pushed a demanding out-of-season training regiment in January that paid off Sunday as Cox played shorthanded for 67 minutes and through double overtime to earn the program's first state title since 1990.

"Fitness and determination," Mead said, reducing ...

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