SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — The tension was palpable.
It was the area’s Class AAA Sectional girls soccer championship game between natural rivals Washington and Jefferson.
The winner would advance to the one-game Regional tournament in Buckhannon against Buckhannon High. The loser would have its season suddenly end.Both teams came into Saturday’s match with stellar regular seasons behind them. Both had state tournament aspirations and intents.The match was at Marcus Stadium at Washington High.
When neither team could score in regulation, it meant 80 minutes of defense-dominated action had gone past.
A 10-minute overtime didn’t decide the survivor, either. Another 10-minute overtime thundered along without any goals.
Maybe the stamina was waning but the collective adrenaline was holding the teams together.
A five-minute overtime went scoreless. A second five-minute overtime also was without a goal.
It was still 0-0 after 110 minutes without a goal from either side. Washington’s goalkeeper Kylie Nelson hadn’t been passed. And Jefferson’s goalkeeper Shelbie Spencer had also repulsed every shot that had come her way.
The match would be decided on penalty kicks.
Jefferson had the first successful penalty kick come from Kiersten Barnholt.
But Washington would get successful penalty kicks from Katelyn Silveous, Kaleigh Pierce and Brianna Hester — three in all — to win the duel of the kicks, 3-1 … and win the match, and with it a berth in the Regional.
Washington will take its 13-3-4 record to Buckhannon for Thursday’s match … where the winner goes straight to the state tournament semifinals in Beckley. The Patriots were in the same position in 2011 after winning the Sectional tournament. Jefferson had to accept its fate . . . and take a successful 13-6-1 overall record into the offseason.