"I think we're looking forward to it," Irish Coach Amy Mullen said. "We ended on a tough schedule and I think it's gotten us prepared to be where we need to be for sectionals and hopefully regionals."
Catholic ended its regular season with a run of games against PikeView (a state tournament team a year ago), Bridgeport (last year's Class AA/A state champion), University, in-town rival George Washington, Fairmont Senior (a state tournament team in 2012), Huntington, Hurricane and PikeView again and posted a 4-1-3 record during the span. The Irish will play the winner of Monday's Scott-Sherman game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Poca High School.
Two of the Indians' draws came in the final weeks of the regular season, but Sissonville boasts a defense that allowed 13 goals in 20 games and features two of the best offensive players in the state in sophomores Karli Pinkerton and Madison Jones.
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THE CLASS AAA Region 3 Section 1 boys and girls tournaments will take place at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex this week with plenty of local flavor.
The winner of Monday's Riverside-Capital game will take on top-seed George Washington (17-0-2) at 8 p.m. Thursday. Resurgent South Charleston (9-4-4) is the No. 2 seed and plays Ripley at 6 p.m. Thursday. The championship game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
GW holds the No. 1 seed on the girls side as well, with the Patriots (16-2-2) set to play the winner of Monday's Ripley-South Charleston game at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Capital (3-10-1) takes on Riverside (9-6-2) in the other semifinal match with the championship taking place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
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CHARLESTON CATHOLIC begins its quest for a fifth consecutive Class AA/A boys title at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of Monday's St. Joseph-Herbert Hoover match in Region 4 Section 2. Sissonville plays tournament-host Scott at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with the championship game slated for 7 p.m. Thursday.
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