How have the Redskins reacted?
"I think it has brought them closer together," Dagostine said.
One of those South Americans, Felipe Thompson, led the area and Mountain State Athletic Conference in scoring with 46 goals.
Whatever the reasons, this year's Redskins seem to have a chip on their collective shoulder that could be the difference maker.
George Washington did a good job just getting back to the State Tournament. If the fifth-ranked Patriots can get past second-ranked Parkersburg in the semifinals, they will have over-achieved.
IN THE GIRLS brackets, area teams may have more trouble.
The Charleston Catholic first round-match may well determine the state champion. The Irish face Bridgeport, which they tied 1-1 early in the season.
Charleston Catholic (14-5-2) and the Indians (18-4-1) suffered their losses to Class AAA opponents. The young Irish could still be a year away.
So the pick in Class AA-A is the more veteran Bridgeport team.
Class AAA is loaded this year with the first-, second-, third-, and sixth-ranked squads in the field.
Top-ranked Morgantown has a 22-0-1 record while second-ranked Buckhannon-Upshur comes in at 22-1-0 with its only loss a 3-1 decision to the Mohigans.
Winfield is third and has a 17-1-2 mark losing 4-3 to Parkersburg.
George Washington comes into the tournament with a 17-4-1 record with three of the losses coming against the other State Tournament teams.
The Patriots fourth loss was to Princeton and they turned that around in the regional final.
So where did that one blemish on Morgantown's record come from? From a 1-1 tie with the Generals.
The George Washington program is sorely due to win a title and the Patriots five seniors - Charlie Lucente, Haley Claudio, Andrea Breeden, Stephanie Kelly and Catherine Geis - would love to finish their careers in style.
But nobody is hungrier than the Winfield players who have endured back-to-back near misses.
Led by forwards Emily Cole and Jayne Lawman and keeper Sarah Burchette, the Generals have learned to embrace pressure and seemed poised to win this year.
Look for Winfield to collect a record-tying fourth girls crown a full 15 years after winning their last one.
Boys Class AA-A play begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trace Fork with Class AAA girls action starting at 10 a.m. at Schoenbaum.