ST. ALBANS, W.Va. - The Hurricane boys soccer team exacted revenge and extended its season behind an offensive outburst in sectional play at St. Albans Wednesday night.
The Redskins defeated the Red Dragons in dominating fashion 7-3 to advance to the Class AAA Region 4 Section 1 championship where they'll face the winner of Wednesday's late game between Nitro and Winfield. The victory allowed Hurricane to continue defense of its state title and proved to be a vastly different game from when St. Albans beat the Redskins 3-0 on Sept. 26.
"At this point in the year, you just do anything you can to win the game," first-year Hurricane Coach Derek Ragle said. "A win's a win and we'll take any win we can.
"Last time we played over here, we had shot after shot after shot and we just couldn't put one in the net, so I think getting that first goal (tonight) early really helped us get into the flow of the game."
Hurricane grabbed control early in Wednesday's postseason rematch behind first-half goals by Alex Kayuha, Loran Meadows and Guillermo Ugarte before St. Albans could respond with its own score. At halftime, the Redskins led 4-2.
Meadows, a junior, added two more goals in the second half and finished with four to pace Hurricane. He said the difference in contests between the two squads this season lay within Hurricane's offensive success.
"The first game, we had trouble scoring," Meadows said. "We were just trying to stay positive (tonight), put our chances away and just hope for the best.
"I think it definitely helped us getting the first goal. It lifted us up, gave us a reason to play and we just tried to keep the game in our hands. By the end of the game, we had it."
In addition to Meadows, Ugarte finished with one goal and three assists, while Kayuha recorded two goals and an assist.
"Loran and Guillermo had a great game," Ragle said. "All year they've had good chemistry. I felt Alex Kayuha really stepped up tonight; he had two goals. He played left back for us most of the year and we moved him up to left wing, and he's really been a spark for us over there. He really gave us a push this evening as well."