Cougars claim Regional title

INWOOD — In a regular season boys soccer game, Jefferson defeated highly ranked Buckhannon, 2-0.

In the Class AAA, Region II championship game, the Cougars once more kept the Buccaneers off the scoreboard.

Jefferson’s shutout-pitching team was able to post a 1-0 win over Buckhannon in a title-game showing that earned the Cougars a place in the state tournament semifinals to be staged in Beckley on Friday.

It was late in the first half when the Cougars scored the game’s only goal.

Austin Doughty shields the ball from a Buckhannon player in Jefferson’s Regional victory.

Austin Doughty shields the ball from a Buckhannon player in Jefferson’s Regional victory.

Bryan Orcutt and Austin Ogden teamed on the goal.

Ogden sent a crossing pass to Orcutt, who slammed a shot past the Buckhannon goalkeeper, giving the Cougars the only goal they would need to move south to Beckley for the annual state tournament.

Jefferson’s effective defense limited Buckhannon’s planned offensive movement and kept down the number of legitimate scoring opportunities the Buccaneers found.

The Cougars had 11 shots with force enough and accuracy enough to bother the Buccaneers. Buckhannon attempted only seven shot-attempts that could have passed Jefferson goalkeeper Ian Forrest.

Forrest with credited with saves on all seven of Buckhannon’s on-target shots.

The Cougars will see George Washington (Charleston) in the state tournament semifinals on Friday in Beckley. George Washington eliminated Beckley Woodrow Wilson in the Region III title game by a 3-0 count.

The Class AAA state championship game will be played on Saturday in Beckley.

 

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