CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- All season long, the George Washington boys soccer team has been mowing through the competition, defeating everyone in their path, and Thursday's match-up against Capital didn't seem like one that would cause too much problems either for the Patriots.
That was until the Cougars stunned four-time defending Class A champion Charleston Catholic Tuesday night.
Capital was hoping to pull a similar result on Thursday at the Trace Fork Soccer Fields against the Patriots but GW (15-0-0) didn't look ahead and remained unbeaten with a 3-0 victory over the Cougars.
"It was kind of surprising to see that kind of score," said GW Coach Tom Hopper, of Capital's big win over Catholic. "It certainly got our attention. We weren't taking this game lightly. We know this is always a good rivalry between the two."
GW was also motivated with it being senior night. The Patriots honored a strong senior class of 14 at halftime that has been very instrumental in the program over the years.
"They can appreciate it and remember it," Hopper said. "I think the seniors got a good kick out of it. It's great having so many seniors that have stuck with the program. It was a good win. In the past, we have nights where we didn't win on senior night."
The players were happy to get a big win on their senior night.
"It was a really nice senior night," GW senior and leading scorer Drew Davis said. "It's a long time coming. We have been waiting since freshmen. We knew we had a big group. We have been playing since we were eight. We have great chemistry and we continue to do better and better."
The many Patriots seniors continue to have a great final last season in the GW program, picking up their 15th straight victory. Goalkeeper Carter Phillips has recorded a shutout in all but two of the wins.
Hopper hopes the great run continues throughout the rest of the season culminating in a state title.
"It's been great ride and we will see how long it lasts," Hopper said. "We are taking it one game at a time. That is certainly a tribute to the kids and the coaches. They started as ninth graders and have grown so much. It's a tribute to them with how hard they have worked."
Davis scored the first GW goal with 13:53 left in the first half off an assist from Noah Miller. Logan O'Hara added another goal for the Patriots less than 2 minutes after the first tally. Andrew Wells finished off the scoring with a goal with 19:14 left in the game.
For Capital, it's been a rough stretch of back-to-back games with Catholic and Capital, but finishing 1-1 with the big upset win over the Irish on Tuesday gives coach Bradford Clark hope for the rest of the season.
"Catholic is a great team, and it was a very good game for us," Clark said. "We had tied them a coupe years back. GW is a really solid team. It was real competitive tonight. We can look at this as a stepping point."