Sensational sectionals

Patriot girls champs again

[cleeng_content id="634757162" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]CHARLES TOWN — After losing its first two girls soccer games of the season, Washington went through the 2013 regular season clipping off win after win and giving a growing indication that it would be ready to defend the 2011 and 2012 Sectional championships that had been won.

In last week’s Class AAA, Region II, Section 1 tournament, the Patriots opened the post season with a 1-0 win over Musselman in the event’s semifinals. Atley Fortney had the game’s only goal, but with the Washington defense limiting Musselman’s offense and scoring chances, one goal was enough to send the Patriots to the finals against Hedgesville.

Washington’s Kaleigh Pierce controls between Hedgesville defenders. The Patriots won their third straight Sectional title over the Lady Eagles.

Washington’s Kaleigh Pierce controls between Hedgesville defenders. The Patriots won their third straight Sectional title over the Lady Eagles.

With its defense again keeping an opponent at bay, Washington grabbed its third consecutive Sectional championship with a 2-0 win over the Lady Eagles.

Saturday’s brisk conditions at Terry Marcus Field were warmed with a first-half goal from the Patriots’ Stephanie DeLawder. DeLawder fired a hard shot from about 20 yards away at Hedgesville goalkeeper Samantha Hall. When the shot-attempt went past Hall, the Patriots had an important first goal to lead, 1-0.

Washington’s 3-to-1 shot advantage in the first half had paid off in the game’s only goal.

The lead was still at 1-0 when Fortney all but sealed the verdict with her goal with only about two minutes remaining.

Kayde Gustavel had threaded a pass ahead to Fortney, who maneuvered through several Hedgesville defenders to sent her shot past Hall.

Three-time Sectional champion Washington took its 14-6-2 overall record against Section 2 winner Elkins yesterday in a Region II game played at Musselman High in Berkeley County.

In the Section 1 tournament’s semifinal round, Jefferson suffered a 1-0, season-ending loss to Hedgesville in a game played in Shenandoah Junction.

That game was scoreless at the half as the teams combined for only three shots.

With about eight minutes remaining, Hedgesville’s Ciara Secola lofted her shot over Jefferson’s goalkeeper for a break-through goal.

Anthony Wenner (No. 9) defends a Hedgesville player in the Cougars’ Sectional championship win on Saturday. It took an extra time goal from Teo Garces to move past the Eagles. The Cougars earned a spot in the Regional finals with the win.

Anthony Wenner (No. 9) defends a Hedgesville player in the Cougars’ Sectional championship win on Saturday. It took an extra time goal from Teo Garces to move past the Eagles. The Cougars earned a spot in the Regional finals with the win.

Jefferson’s final threat came with about 45 seconds to play when Jessica Shakespere fired a direct kick at Hedgesville goalkeeper Raegan Layton. Layton took the full fury of the shot, but stopped it. She later collapsed and was replaced.

The Lady Cougars could not get another shot.

The winner of the Washington vs. Elkins Regional title game moves to the State Tournament in Beckley on Nov. 8 for a semifinal game. The Class AAA state championship game is also in Beckley on Nov. 8.

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