SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — An extra time goal by Teo Garces pushed Jefferson boys soccer team past visiting Hedgesville, 2-1, in the wind-chased championship game of the Class AAA, Region II, Section 1 tournament.
The Sectional champion Cougars played Buckhannon Tuesday in the Region II championship game that left the winner with a semifinal berth in the State Tournament to be played in Beckley this weekend.
The championship was Jefferson’s first such Sectional title since the 2007 season.
Jefferson actually trailed, 1-0, at the half against the Eagles.
Hedgesville couldn’t score in the second half against the Jefferson defense and goalkeeper Ian Forrest.
Sam Hartiens’ first-half goal had Hedgesville ahead, 1-0, at the intermission.
After going scoreless for 52 minutes, the Cougars tied it at 1-1 when Austin Ogden sent a corner kick toward Tucker Ryan, who headed a shot into the Eagle goal.
Jefferson lost a player to a red card and played the final stages with just 10 players.
Finally, in extra time, a Ryan pass was directed to Garces. Garces deftly headed his shot past the Eagle goalkeeper. And the Cougars had a Sectional championship.
In the tournament semifinals, Jefferson eliminated Washington, 2-0, with two second-half goals.
The Cougars shattered the stalemate with their second shot of the last half. Ryan accepted Brett Stuart’s crossing pass and put a header into the Patriot net for a 1-0 Jefferson lead.
Jefferson’s 2-0 lead came when Jack Barrat was fouled and made his subsequent penalty kick.
Washington was limited to nine shots while the Cougars attempted 16 shots and had 12 corner kicks.
The Patriots had reached the event’s semifinals with an 11-0 first-round win over Spring Mills.
Ben Capriola had four Patriot goals. He scored a pair of goals in the first three minutes. Capriola already had four goals when Washington held a 5-0 lead. Evan Snyder had the other Patriot goal.
Connor Howard’s two goals and scores from Kyle Rodriguez, James Reynolds and Ryan Brandenburg helped extend the shutout lead as the game progressed.