BECKLEY — Morgantown’s girls and Fairmont Senior’s boys captured prep soccer state tournament titles Saturday, with the Mohigans defeating Hedgesville 3-2 in the AAA girls final and the Polar Bears defeating Robert C. Byrd 2-1 in the Class AA-A boys championship game at the Paul Cline Memori…
BECKLEY — One was bombarded early and the other clipped late, but for Winfield and Charleston Catholic — the Kanawha Valley’s Class AA-A boys contingent — dreams of a state soccer championship ended a day early on Friday night at a frigid Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex.
BECKLEY — George Washington senior Zak Abdul-Jalil knew exactly what his team needed to do Friday afternoon to earn a win in the Class AAA semifinals.
Seven Kanawha Valley prep soccer teams went into the regional round and seven came out, giving all of them berths into the state tournament semifinals, to be held Friday at Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex in Beckley.
George Washington’s Zak Abdul-Jalil, a two-time first-team Class AAA All-State selection at defender, had never played forward a day in his life.
Any trepidation George Washington might have felt at the outset of Saturday’s Region 3 boys soccer championship was put to rest shortly after the Patriots charged out of the gate.
They say that speed kills, and that’s exactly what allowed Charleston Catholic to deal the fatal blow to Oak Hill Tuesday.
POINT PLEASANT — For all the talk and statistics pointing toward a weakened Winfield offense, junior striker Braxton Vanscoy is still a weapon that defenses can’t afford to lose tabs on.
Both perennial state powers, the Charleston Catholic boys and girls soccer teams had to show patience and perseverance in marching forward another step in the postseason on Saturday.
WINFIELD — Winfield’s boys and girls soccer teams showed their mettle on a damp Saturday afternoon by winning their respective Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 championships in a highly challenged contest on the boys side and an exemplary effort on the girls side.
WINFIELD — On Wednesday, host Winfield’s boys and girls soccer teams swept a sectional doubleheader to set up a more important one on Saturday.
ONA — The October cold wouldn’t lead anyone to think that cramps would be an issue in the boys Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 soccer semifinal at Cabell Midland Tuesday, but coaches had to turn to seldom-used bench players to finish the contest.
Last year, the Kanawha Valley sent eight teams to the state tournament in soccer with Winfield, Hurricane, Charleston Catholic and George Washington each qualifying boys and girls squads.
Anna Iquinto scored the game-winning goal in the second half as Morgantown’s girls soccer team defeated Winfield 2-1 Saturday in both teams’ regular-season finale.
Even at 17-2 and hovering around the top of the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association boys rankings all year, a 1-0 loss on the road at Bridgeport on Saturday let George Washington coach Erik Engle know something had to change.
For the first time in five years, Hurricane and Winfield competed in “The War on Route 34” in boys soccer, and the rivals had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Even after picking up sectional, regional and Class AAA state championship trophies a year ago, returners on George Washington’s boys soccer team still had a final box to check this season.
Poca was hoping to earn an upset win and give Winfield its first loss of the season but the Dots settled for a 1-1 tie in boys prep soccer Thursday at Winfield.
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