CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Entering Tuesday's game, Charleston Catholic and Hurricane were searching for a positive result with each team suffering a loss and a tie in its last two games.
After Tuesday's game between the Irish and Redskins, both teams will have to wait to get back into the win column.
Charleston Catholic (16-1-2) took one-goal leads in each half but both times Hurricane (14-1-3) got equalizing goals from junior midfielder Audrey Barber, resulting in a 2-2 draw.
"We've played lots of good teams but this caliber is what you want to play every week," Irish Coach Amy Mullen said. "We were glad to see it come out but we sure would like to have won."
The Irish, No. 1 in this week's West Virginia High School Coaches Association Class AA/A girls rankings, dominated possession early in the contest. Catholic broke through in the 22nd minute when Payton Mullen took a pass from Caroline Dundervill along the left side of the field and hit a curving shot that started approximately 25 yards away from goal. The bending shot to the far post beat Hurricane goalkeeper Hannah Thompson to put the Irish ahead.
Hurricane answered 12 minutes later when Barber found the ball at her feet in front of the goal after a shot by teammate Abby Watson bounced off a Charleston Catholic defender in the penalty area.
The Redskins, No. 3 in this week's Class AAA girls rankings, settled into a more defensive strategy in the second half, taking their chances on the counter attack. Barber drifted back among the Hurricane defenders for long stretches to help aid in the effort to deny Catholic another goal.
Those efforts faltered in the 69th minute. Catholic's Madeline Blaydes got the ball to Payton Mullen, who found Dundervill open near the right side of the goal. Mullen's pass came from the left and when Dundervill volleyed the ball back across the goalmouth, the Hurricane defenders and Thompson did not have a chance to make a play on the ball.
"That goal of Caroline's was fantastic," Coach Mullen said. "She volleyed that right in and she had hunted long enough for this game."