Lady Cougars get the best of Washington in soccer, 3-2

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION—The first of two scheduled girls soccer meetings between Jefferson and Washington was held last Thursday with the host Lady Cougars prevailing, 3-2, in a match between two of the area’s best teams.

Jefferson moved its overall record to 6-3-0 while the Patriots were left with a 5-2-1 record.

After a flurry of Washington shots hadn’t gotten past Jefferson goalkeeper Shelbie Spencer, it was Jefferson that managed to break the scoreless tie when Rachel Ransom scored with a free kick. The match was already 25 minutes along at the time.

It took only a minute for the Patriots to get even again as Brianna Hester scored after controlling an assist pass from Sophia Bouchoc.

Just before the first half closed, Jefferson scored when Haley DeBaugh’s shot was kept out of the goal by Nelson . . . but Becca Colbert collared the rebound and fired off a scoring shot.

When the second half opened, it was Washington scoring first. Natalie Adams sent her mid-range shot past the hustling Spencer, and Washington had knotted the count at 2-2.

Only about four minutes were left in the match when the Lady Cougars were able to count the match-deciding goal. Again it was the DeBaugh-Colbert combination that finished off Jefferson’s third goal. Colbert scored and DeBaugh had another assist.

The two county rivals have their second match of the regular season on Oct. 9 at Washington High.

Earlier in the week, Washington was able to blank visiting Hedgesville, 3-0, to advance its overall record to 5-1-1. The Washington defense kept Hedgesville’s strikers off balance for the most part and the Patriots were able to post a shutout over their Sectional rivals.

On Saturday at Marcus Stadium, visiting Buckhanon was able to edge the Patriots, 3-2, in a match betweeen Regional opponents. Washington’s overall record was moved to 5-3-1 with the weekend loss.

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