CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There was no surprise upset this time around.
Capital ended George Washington's girls soccer season last fall with a stunning upset of the then top-ranked Patriots in sectional semifinal play.
On Thursday night, the Patriots turned the tables with a 3-1 win over the Cougars on a chilly evening at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex.
Fifth-ranked George Washington improved to 8-1-1 with the win, while Capital slipped to 6-6-0.
"I told my girls before the game that if there was a team ready to play tonight, they were ready to play because we basically burst their bubble last year," second-year Capital Coach Riley Gibson said. "They were rated No. 1 and we ended their season real quick in the sectionals.
"They came out ready to play tonight. Hats off to them, they played a good game. When you see good soccer you've got to give them credit."
First-year GW Coach Derek Ragle wasn't around for last season's stunner, but he knew that the Patriots' returning players had this match circled on the team's schedule.
"We talked about it at practice the other day," Ragle said. "Their keeper (Michelle Newhouse) had an excellent game last year and our girls were a little nervous. I just told them to come out and play with confidence and everything else would take care of itself."
The Patriots started the match quickly when junior Taylor Ellis netted the first goal off an assist from senior Stephanie Kelly less than 8 minutes in.
GW built a 2-0 lead with 12:48 remaining in the half when Kelly assisted her second goal, this one by senior Charlie Lucente.
"We really wanted it," Lucente said. "We weren't about to lose to them again after last year. They're a good team so we knew we had to be ready.
"Last year when they beat us everybody was shocked and there were a lot of emotions. Today we just wanted to come out and show that we could beat them."