High school soccer: George Washington, Charleston Catholic play to draw
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ask any athlete or coach.
They all hate ties.
But Class AA-A defending state champion Charleston Catholic had to feel pretty good about Thursday's 2-2 outcome against Class AAA defending state champion George Washington at Coonskin Park's Schoenbaum Stadium.
"Nobody likes kissing their sister," Irish Coach Sam Fox said. "Tonight was the first time all year we've been behind and the mark of a good team is how they battle back."
The Patriots (12-3-2) went ahead 1-0 on a goal by Noah Miller who took a lead pass down the left side from Garrett Warner 10 minutes into the first half and took that advantage into the break.
"They came out stronger than we did," Catholic senior Sam Revercomb said. "They deserved to have the lead."
After the break, the Irish (16-0-1) came out with a far different level of determination.
"We had a good halftime talk and we really came together," Revercomb said. "We said let's just go all out the first 10 minutes,"
George Washington turned back a pair of early Irish attempts with keeper Garrett Phillips coming up with saves.
Adam Fox tied the score on a close-range shot off a pass from Luke Miller 13 minutes into the second half.
GW took the lead again less than three minutes later when Catholic freshman Anthony Cipollone was called for a handball in the box leading to Peter Nelson converting the ensuing penalty kick.
"We just told (Cipollone) that it wasn't his fault and it could have happened to anybody," Revercomb said.
There was nobody happier than Cipollone when Revercomb tied the score one last time with less than 10 minutes remaining.
The play began on a corner kick by Joey Trupo.
"It bounced around and luckily I was in the right place," Revercomb said. "I was just happy it went in."
That the goal kept Catholic's 48 game unbeaten streak alive was only a byproduct of the effort, according to Fox.
"We haven't really talked very much about that," Fox said. "Our main goal is the state championship."
The Patriots had a chance to win when a foul call just outside the box gave them a direct kick with a minute remaining.
"It was just a big game for us," Revercomb said.
Finding an opening on the set play Drew Davis took a shot from just inside the box but it sailed well over the crossbar.
"Usually he'll convert that ball," GW Coach Tom Hopper said. "It was open, no doubt about it."
Phillips finished with six saves while Irish keeper Mitch Thorsteinson had three.