Prep soccer: Bodnar, GW girls get revenge with victory
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Derek Ragle was hoping to see revenge on Tuesday night.
The first-year George Washington girls soccer coach wasn't referring to the ABC television series, Revenge, but instead payback for the second time in the postseason for his Patriots.
After the top-ranked Patriots were shockingly defeated in a sectional loss to Capital last season, the Patriots avenged the loss with a 2-0 victory over the Cougars in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 final on Saturday.
George Washington (17-4-1) earned its second bit of revenge on Wednesday night against No. 4 Princeton (17-2), knocking off the Tigers 1-0 in the Region 3 final at Schoenbaum Stadium to advance to the State Tournament next weekend in Beckley.
"Last year was real disappointing (losing to Capital)," said GW sophomore Sarah Bodnar, who scored the game-winning goal with 15:41 remaining in the second half. "It gave us motivation to go harder. I'm really I get to go to the State Tournament."
Princeton beat GW in the team's lone regular season meeting to earn the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship on Oct. 6.
"Just like when any time a team beats us, we want to get them back and even the score," Ragle said. "The girls were hungry after losing in the MSAC championship. They wanted to get this win after Princeton knocked us off, and we did that tonight."
Bodnar's game-winner caused a mob scene by the Patriots on the field. Right in front of the Princeton net, the sophomore kicked the ball into the arms of Tigers goalkeeper Meredith Putorek, but it trickled by her and barely snuck in the goal before she could deflect it away.
"Once (the referee) called it through, I was so excited," Bodnar said. " I can't believe it went in. I think it deflected off of her and went over the line."
Princeton Coach Michelle Dye said, "It's extremely frustrating. I definitely don't blame it on the keeper at all. It was just one of those things, one of those fluke goals where they were lucky tonight, and we were unlucky with it."
The Patriots believed they had the game-winner from Bodnar just 10 minutes earlier after she came racing down the field and appeared to score with 26:45 remaining, but the side judge ruled off sides, disallowing the goal much to the chagrin of Ragle and GW.
"I thought I was onside because I ran about 40 yards to get it but whatever the ref says, goes," Bodnar said. "I was so mad but it gave me more motivation to get the second. I'm glad the second one finally did come."
Ragle was happy for his sophomore, who was filling in at forward for an injured Stephanie Kasey Rhodes.
"We had an injury and stuck her up there today," Ragle said. The girl has got more heart than just about anybody I know. Her little motor never stops and she deflected a big one it. She is going to work just as hard as anybody out there."
In boys action:
George Washington 1, Beckley 0 - Just as the GW girls advanced to the State Tournament with a 1-0 victory, the GW boys did as well, knocking off the Flying Eagles (9-8-4) by the same score in the Region 3 final at Schoenbaum Stadium.
GW junior Daniel Glines scored the game-winner off an assist from Garrett Warner less than three minutes into the second half, and the Patriots and goalkeeper Garrett Phillips made it hold up.
"It was a great ball, and I just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and finished it," Glines said. "It feels good, it always does. I couldn't do it without them. It's pretty impressive."
No. 5 GW (16-5-2) advances to the State Tournament next weekend in Beckley, where the Patriots will be looking to defend their state title.
GW Coach Tom Hopper was unsure his Patriots could get back to this point, especially considering the team lost 11 players from last year's roster, with all of them either starting or contributing.
"I don't think we anticipated getting this far," the veteran coach said. "We have a lot of juniors that are starting. I'm a little surprised, but I'm very pleased. Anytime you can get back states, back-to- back, it's gratifying. We are happy."