Patriots begin 2014 season after reaching state championship in ’13
CHARLES TOWN – Junior defenseman Brooke Thomson scored the game’s first goal, but defending state runner-up Washington surrendered a pair of unanswered scores and the Patriots dropped their season-opener 2-1 against Morgantown.
Thomson put Washington ahead 1-0 in the 16th minute during action Saturday afternoon in Charles Town. But the Mohigans evened the score 1-1 shortly before halftime after a goal by Annalisa Huckeby.
Morgantown’s Maria Radcliffe scored the eventual game winner moments later.
Washington was scheduled to return to action after press time Tuesday with a home game against fellow Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference rival Spring Mills.
The Patriots are scheduled to travel to Hampshire, defending state champion Winfield and fellow EPAC rival Martinsburg later this week.
Last fall, Washington (16-7-1) won the regional title with a victory over Elkins before advancing to the Class AAA state championship game with a semifinal victory over George Washington.
The Patriots were defeated 2-0 in the finals by defending state champion Winfield, who Washington will face Saturday during a regular season road contest.
Washington enters the 2014 season without a wealth of talent from last year’s state runner-up team, including first-team all-state goalie Kylie Nelson, who graduated this past spring.
The Patriots also graduated 2013 honorable mention all-state midfielders Stephanie DeLawder, Kaleigh Pierce and Kayde Gustalvel, as well as defensemen Adrianna Grady and Katelyn Silveous.
Sophomore forward Atley Fortney returns as one of five varsity captains after garnering honorable mention all-state recognition as a freshman.
Other varsity captains include senior Brittney Dudash, senior McKenzie Turner, junior Brogan Pifer and junior Haelly Ramirez.
Sophomore Melody Hayes takes over the goaltending duties.
In other news, the Washington boys’ varsity soccer team was scheduled to open the 2014 season after press time Tuesday on the road at Spring Mills.
The Patriots were also scheduled to travel to Hampshire for a game on Thursday before hosting their home opener Sept. 2 against EPAC rival Martinsburg.