"Olivia Miller just saved our butts, because she made some great saves (on shots) that could have easily turned this game around, so it was great job offensively and defensively," she said.
Bodnar said she agreed the Patriots won with collective effort.
"We just worked really hard and played as a team," she said. "It was a really well-played game and it's a really great award to play against this team and actually beat them."
Mullen said the Irish suffered its first loss of the season as the result of a sluggish start.
"We didn't show up to play the first half and the second half we realized 'Oh, we got to start moving to the ball, being first to the ball,'" she said. "We were just slow to start. Caroline had a couple opportunities and we had some open goals, but so did they. It was a tough game."
Catholic had previously recorded nine shutouts and allowed two goals in a game just three times this season.
Offensively, the Irish entered with three of the top 10 goal scorers in the Kanawha Valley, but for the first time all season scored fewer than three goals.
Though the loss marked the lone blemish to Catholic's otherwise undefeated record, Mullen said the contest provided a great opportunity for both programs in the first-ever City Cup.
"It's really nice to be a part of it," she said. "This should be this kind of a game, because we all know each other and we all play on travel teams together. To get to play in the City Cup, it breaks up the monotony of the season and it's nice."
For GW, the victory provides a boost as the postseason approaches.
"It gives us a lot of confidence," Johnson said. "I told the ladies today that we can beat 90 percent of the teams, it's that 10 percent we just can't seem to get across, and this is one of the teams I feel is in that 10 percent and beating them gives us confidence to go into the tournament and ready to play."
GW next plays host to Spring Valley in the Mountain State Athletic Conference third-place game to be held 6 p.m. Thursday at Trace Fork. Catholic next plays at Fairmont Senior 2 p.m. Saturday.