After a two-match road trip to Parkersburg and Charleston, the Washington boys soccer team was back home at Marcus Stadium to play Sectional rival Martinsburg.
The two rivals would hustle and battle through 80 minutes with the result being a 1-1 tie.
After nearly 38 minutes of the first half, Martinsburg scored the first goal when Greg Hurlburt finally controlled at throw-in at the Washington goal mouth and scored to snap the scoreless tie.
In the second half, the Patriots’ hustle was rewarded when Daniel Hepner hammered a free kick toward the Bulldog goal. Zach Stehney played a carom and worked a shot into the Martinsburg net.
It was 1-1. And the score didn’t move after that.
Tim Kowalski was credited with six saves in goal for the Patriots, who were 1-2-1 with the season’s first tie. The Bulldogs were 1-0-3 overall.
Patriots girls move past Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG — With goals coming from Kaleigh Pierce, Erin Buchanan, and Natalie Reinford the Washington High girls soccer team tripped homestanding Martinsburg, 3-1.
Washington improved its overall record to 3-1-0 and the Lady Bulldogs were 1-3-1.
Pierce’s goal was the only scoring in the first half . . . a half where neither side’s offense ever really had any momentum. She scored after 26 minutes on a shot that was touched by the Martinsburg goalkeeper.
Martinsburg’s only goal made it 1-1 early in the second half.
After 16 minutes of the last half, Buchanan notched her goal after controlling an assist pass from Sophia Bouchoc.
The score stayed at 2-1 until about 20 minutes later when Reinford extended the Patriot lead to 3-1. Reinford scored on a breakaway after accepting a pass ahead of any Lady Bulldog defender.
Last Thursday, Washington and host Hampshire played to a 2-2 tie at Rannells Field in Romney. Pierce’s late goal enabled the Patriots to overcome a 2-1 Lady Trojan lead.
Pierce had also scored Washington’s first goal.
Jayden Ware scored both Hampshire goals in the tie.
The Patriots almost doubled the number of shots attempted by Hampshire, but both defenses managed to keep the shots to a manageable number.
Washington was 3-1-1 overall and Hampshire was 3-2-2.