Patriot soccer girls denied state title

BECKLEY — After eliminating George Washington in the state semifinals, the Washington High girls soccer team was denied a state championship by defending state Class AAA titleist Winfield in the final round on Saturday.

The Lady Generals were able to post a 2-0 win over Washington in the final tournament game that decided the Patriots a state title. Winfield had also won the 2012 big-school state title. The state championship was Winfield’s fifth overall.

In the state semifinals, the Patriots’ Atley Fortney drove a hard shot at George Washington goalkeeper Olivia Miller. Miller got her hands on Fortney’s kick but couldn’t deflect or slow its momentum and the ball found the net for a 1-0 Washington lead.

Fortney had recovered a shot by teammate Haelly Ramirez, who had controlled a throw-in from the side. Fortney’s goal stood tall throughout the game and nobody on either team was able to score again, sending the local Patriots to the championship game.

Winfield took an important early lead after about 11 minutes of play in the state championship game when Jordan Pauley scored on a diagonal kick.

In the second half, another early Winfield goal boosted its advantage to 2-0. Katherine Bryant scored after getting an assist pass from Jayne Lawman.

Washington could not score and would eventually be outshot, 4-2.

The Patriots completed their state runner-up schedule with a 16-7-2 overall record. Winfield won a second straight state championship to finish wth a 24-1-0 overall mark.

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