"We played with our minds and our hearts," midfielder Matt Morgan said. "There was no way we were losing this game."
The Big Reds (17-4-4) marked up Hurricane leading scorer Felipe Thompson with their best defender and then collapsed on him with up to four other players whenever he touched the ball.
This season's Redskins had scorers to spare.
"They had a lot of good players," Parkersburg goalkeeper Reid Strobl said. "Too many to stop today."
Miles broke through a tight first half on a close-range goal off a scramble in front of the net with 3:21 to go before halftime.
White added an insurance score with 2:02 to play in the second and the feelings of joy and relief began to pour out.
"We had guys on this team that have been here for four years," said Morgan, an exchange student from Brazil. "They came here today excited and ready to play."
Afterward Dagostine tried his best to make sure his players received all of the attention.
Given a chance to speak for themselves they returned the favor.
"He screams a lot but I love him," Morgan said.
"We wouldn't be here without him," White said. "I've never had a coach push a team so hard."
What all of that work did was to build a very special team.
"I've played soccer my whole life but this group is different," Morgan said. "I love this school and I love this team."
Jim Dagostine's mission is indeed complete.
Contact sportswriter J.T. Simms at jtsi...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1735.