Prep soccer: Hurricane, Catholic girls clash today at Trace Fork
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hurricane and Charleston Catholic are powerful teams within the ranks of girls soccer in West Virginia and it is not often the case that either team has to bounce back from unkind results. That - bouncing back - is exactly what each team will attempt to do today at 6 p.m. when the Redskins visit the Irish at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex.
Charleston Catholic (16-1-1) had posted an unblemished record prior to last week, but that's when the Irish suffered a 2-1 setback against George Washington and had to settle for a draw against Fairmont Senior, a Class AA/A state finalist in 2012, after the long trip to Marion County and East-West Stadium.
Last week was just as bad for Hurricane. The Redskins (14-2-1) and another powerful Class AA/A team - Sissonville - tied 3-3 before Hurricane suffered its second loss of the season to Winfield. Making matters worse was the fact that this game was decided on penalty kicks and was for the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship.
"The girls came out of that game feeling they played pretty successfully against a tough opponent," Hurricane Coach Shellie Young said. "I'm blessed because I have a very positive team and a team that's looking to improve. We tried to make our late season games tough games against good opponents like Charleston Catholic and Sissonville because we didn't want to come out of the season on a down note."
Catholic Coach Amy Mullen said she also had a plan of sorts when it came to scheduling late in the season and getting tough competition from teams like Hurricane was certainly part of that plan.
"All season I have been saying that we haven't started to climb the mountain yet," Mullen said. "When we played University (on Oct. 5) that was the beginning of the mountain.
"We really need to be tested these next few weeks so we can be prepared. Hurricane is a great team and they are always a great team. It's always a close game. Last year we lost in the last five minutes 1-0. We have to be able to play 80 minutes at the top of our game."
In another match between ranked area girls teams Herbert Hoover (15-3-0) visits Sissonville (16-0-3) today to renew that rivalry.
The teams met in August with Sissonville taking a 4-1 win against the Huskies behind three goals from Madison Jones and a 30-yard blast from Mary Schmeck.
THE BOYS also decided an MSAC champion over the weekend and featured a rematch from last season's Class AAA state tournament.
Parkersburg defeated George Washington at Schoenbaum Stadium to advance to the 2012 state title game (where the Big Reds would lose to Hurricane). On Saturday GW (17-0-2) exacted a measure of revenge by beating Parkersburg 2-1 to claim the conference crown on the same field that hosted the 2012 Class AAA state tournament.
Senior Noah Miller scored twice in the win for the Patriots (his ninth and 10th goals of the season) including the game-winner early into the first overtime period.
THE TOP SPOTS in each of the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association rankings went unchanged this week, with Charleston Catholic at No.1 in the boys and girls Class AA/A rankings along with GW (boys) and Winfield (girls) atop the Class AAA list.
Sissonville is No. 2 in the AA/A girls rankings followed by No. 3 Fairmont Senior, No. 4 Bridgeport and No. 5 Linsly (which is not a member of the SSAC and does not participate in postseason play). Herbert Hoover is No. 8 this week.
On the boys side, Linsly is in at No. 2 behind Catholic followed by Sissonville at No. 3, East Fairmont at No. 4 and Bridgeport at No. 5
Morgantown is the No. 2 Class AAA girls team this week with Hurricane third, GW fourth and Brooke fifth. Riverside (18) is the only other Kanawha Valley girls team ranked this week. The Mohigans also occupy the No. 2 spot in the AAA boys rankings with Wheeling Park at No. 3, MSAC runner-up Parkersburg at No. 4 and Oak Hill at No. 5. South Charleston (13), Hurricane (15), Winfield (16) and St. Albans (28) also appear in the top 20 this week.
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