After reaching its season all the way to the Class AAA state championship game a year ago, the Washington boys soccer team showed early signs it could be a force again here in 2012 when the season opener was won, 8-0, over visiting Berkeley Springs.
Some of the first-game highlights were two goals by Ben Capriolo, two goals by Daniel Bouchoc, and single goals from four different players as well as two assists from Myles Newhouse and Capriolo.
The only real offense mustered by the visiting Indians came from the individual play of Zach Wise. But Wise was kept off the scoreboard as Washington aligned its defense to help against the Indian record-setter with an additional man. Tim Goben and Evan Snyder had assignments to shadow Wise, who needs just four more goals to set a West Virginia state record.
Bouchoc scored first and Capriolo scored second.
Washington led, 3-0, at the half.
When Capriolo’s second goal made the count 4-0 in the second half, Washington showed it had not relaxed after its three- goal lead at the half.
The loss was Berkeley Springs’ first after a season-opening win.
Taking a giant leap up the competition ladder, the Patriots traveled to Parkersburg High on Friday, where they were dealt a 3-0 shutout loss by the Big Reds.
Washington took on unbeaten (4-0-0) Charleston Catholic on Saturday in Charleston. The three-time defending small school state champion Charleston Catholic team topped the Patriots, 2-0.
The first half was scoreless, but the Fighting Irish got second half goals from Sam Revercomb and William Scriptunas. Revercomb was scoring his 10th goal in four games.
Washington goalkeeper Ted Kowalski had 11 saves. But Washington could manage just one shot-attempt. Fighting Irish goalkeeper Michael Thorsteinson stopped the only shot he saw.