It was a clean sweep for the George Washington boys and girls soccer teams Thursday at Little Creek Park in South Charleston.
Both Patriots teams walked off the pitch with convincing wins in the Class AAA Region 3 Section 1 championships. The girls sailed past South Charleston 10-1, while the boys defeated Capital 9-0. Now both teams prepare for regional championship games on Oct. 25 in Beckley.
The George Washington boys will play Princeton, which defeated Woodrow Wilson for the Region 3 Section 2 title. The GW girls will play Greenbrier East, which defeated Woodrow Wilson for their Region 3 Section 2 crown.
Both GW teams pounced on their opponents early and cruised through the rest of their respective matches. The Patriot girls (14-4-3) went into halftime up 6-0. The Black Eagles (11-7-2) got one goal back with a Maggie Britt score, but GW kept control of possession and remained strong.
GW coach Ali Sadeghian said on top of some big scoring, he was very happy with his defense, pointing out keeper Katy Darnell and defenders Riley Lohan and Destiny Jackson.
“There is a lot of stuff we were working on,” Sadeghian said. “That’s what I was asking of them, to work on our possession and passing and some of our set plays.
“In the second half, we made some adjustments on how we moved the ball, going to the wings and making the cross, and they were doing well with that.”
Emily Lewis, Linsey Hackney and Kalissa Lacy each scored two goals for the Patriot girls Thursday, while Lohan, Jackson, Sydney Mallory and Morgan Holtsclaw each scored one.
The boys scored two quick first-half goals and held the Cougars at bay. GW (16-3-2) essentially put the game away near the end of the first half with another pair of goals for a 4-0 halftime lead.
GW coach Erik Engle was pleased with the way his team handled the chilly late-October temperatures, which dipped into the low 40s while the boys were on the pitch.
“We knew coming in it was going to be cold,” he said. “Cold conditions are tough conditions. They’re hard on your feet. All I wanted to make sure was they played together as a unit, they could find passes quickly, they could get the ball off their feet and move. They did exactly what we needed them to do tonight.”
Capital (6-13-1) had no luck on the injury front Thursday night. After starting keeper Cole Plutro went down with an injury near the end of the half, the Cougars had to put Ekia Wicker, normally not a keeper, in the net.
Noah Carney scored three goals for the Patriots on Thursday, while Max Tretheway scored two, both in the first half. EJ Davis, Chance Anderson, Matthew Vaughn and Robby Nunley each scored a goal for GW.