Prep soccer: GW's Lucente, Catholic's Dundervill establishing legacies
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Like a lot of younger siblings, throughout most of their lives, Charlie Lucente and Caroline Dundervill has had to live under the shadow of their older sisters.
Charlie's sister, Lucky, was a standout soccer player at George Washington. Caroline's sister, Kathryn, was a three-sport star at Charleston Catholic.
Each graduated this year, leaving the younger sisters to establish their own legacies, something they continued on Tuesday.
The pair scored all five goals in the match-up between their state-ranked teams as Charlie Lucente's hat trick one-upped Caroline Dundervill's two goals as GW earned a 3-2 victory over Catholic at Schoenbaum Stadium inside Coonskin Park in front of about 250 fans.
Lucente's heroics, which included the equalizing goal with 17:37 remaining in the game and game-winner at the 14:07 mark, helped Class AAA No. 5 George Washington (7-1) edge Dundervill and Class AA/A No. 1 Catholic (5-1-1).
"It feels awesome," Lucente said. "It was just a huge adrenaline rush. I love it. Two of them were kind of lucky and I don't know how they went in, but they did. This is a big win for us. It's always good to beat Catholic."
Lucente has managed to embrace being in the shadow of her sister.
"Everyone knows Lucky," Lucente said. "It's a lot of shoes to fill. She was a great player. It wasn't hard growing up with her. I always supported her. I want to make a name for myself, too."
Lucky Lucente was the Class AAA Forward of the Year last season as a senior, netted a stellar 33 goals her junior season, and finished her career with more than 80 goals.
Derek Ragle, in his first year as GW head coach, knew all about Lucky but is happy to have Charlie.
"Charlie has been under Lucky's shadow a little bit," Ragle said. "I can't say exactly how much because I wasn't here last year but always, when you're a younger sibling and a little bit behind the older one, it's going to happen.
"She is a good player in her own right, though. She was first team All-State last year, too. I think Charlie got herself out of the shadow tonight. It was a tremendous individual effort on her part. It was pretty big for us."
Lucente's hat trick stole the show but Dundervill put on quite the display as well, tallying both of Catholic's goals. They were the only two shots the Irish got against the Patriots.
Catherine Dundervill, like most of the Irish team, is just a ninth grader as one of six freshmen that started against GW for top-ranked Catholic.
She is also establishing herself after watching sister Kathryn enjoy a stellar career.
"I think Caroline has seen Kathryn live through Charleston Catholic and how important it was to her to win," first-year Catholic Coach Amy Mullen said. "They are two different players. Kathryn was a defensive player but Caroline is a forward.
"Caroline would probably like to be a defender, too, but she's too fast. We need her up front. She can put the ball into the net when we need her too. Her speed is fantastic. She's probably faster than anybody I have seen. She does a great job, just like tonight."