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Prep soccer: Catholic continues streak with 2-0 victory

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The St. Joseph boys soccer team was looking to earn their second straight postseason upset over an area top-five team Thursday night.

Coming off a 4-1 upset win over No. 5 Sissonville on Tuesday, the Irish were trying to do the same against Charleston Catholic just two days later.

St. Joe, though, despite a valiant effort, suffered the same fate every other school has against the top-ranked Irish the past two-plus seasons.

Catholic, the three-time defending Class AA/A champions, extended its non-losing streak to 53 consecutive matches, knocking off St. Joe 2-0 in the Region 4, Section 2 final at Schoenbaum Field inside Coonskin Park.

The Irish didn't lose a match last year on their way to their third straight title, finishing 23-0-2. Catholic has still yet to lose this year as well in hopes of a rare four-peat, currently with a 20-0-2 record.

The only non-wins this year were in a pair of ties against Class AAA powers George Washington and Parkersburg. Similarly, Catholic just suffered two ties against Class AAA teams GW and Spring Valley last season.

"We played a good game against Sissonville and had some momentum coming into this game, but you have to hand it to Charleston Catholic," St. Joe Coach Chuck Karnes. "It's the same thing every year.

"They have a heck of a team. That's the No. 1 team in the state overall. To keep them to two goals is an accomplishment in itself. I'm really proud of the guys."

As for Catholic, the improbable streak continues, and with three more victories, the unbeaten streak would reach 56 and a fourth straight state title.

"Fifty-three (games) since we have lost," Catholic Coach Sam Fox said. "That's a pretty good feat. "I told the boys this game is already in our rear view mirror. We are already looking forward to Tuesday night and the regional championship game."

"It's pretty impressive, but we try not to think about it," Catholic senior Sam Revercomb said of the streak. "Winning another title would be incredible. That's all we are focused on. That's been the dream from the start."

Revercomb netted the first goal of the game in the first half off a direct free kick, and with the game still in the balance, Catholic added a key insurance goal in the second half with 12:34 left on a goal from Luke Smith.

Despite winning three state titles with a fourth possibly on the horizon, Revercomb indicated his team is still fighting for respect.

"We have been playing with a chip on our shoulder because even though we have won three in a row, people keep saying its (Class AA), and (Class A)," Revercomb said. "I think we are one of the best teams in the state, if not the best."

In other boys action:

Hurricane 6, Winfield 3 - The Redskins remained unbeaten in claiming the Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 title.

Felipe Thompson scored three goals for Hurricane (20-0-1), while Trevor Cunningham added two. Cunningham also had two assists, while James Snavely netted a single goal.

For Winfield (14-5-2), which finished the season 0-3 against the Redskins, Steven Taylor netted two goals, followed by Ronnie Beale with one.

In girls action:

Winfield 4, Hurricane 0 - Emily Cole and Jayne Lawman netted two goals apiece to lead the Generals (17-1-2) to the Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 title over the Redskins (16-3-1).

Cole and Lawman also had assists for Winfield, as did Micharae Thompson and Katie Bryant.

George Washington 6, Ripley 0 - Andrea Breeden scored two goals and assisted a third to led the Patriots in a Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 semifinal match.

Haley Claudio, Gracie Switzer, Charlie Lucente and Sarah Miller also had goals for GW.


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