Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SOCCER - REGION FINALS ; Catholic Boys Shake off Williamtown 2-1

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SOCCER - REGION FINALS ; Catholic Boys Shake off Williamtown 2-1

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RIPLEY - With a little over 21 minutes remaining in a surprisingly scoreless game, Charleston Catholic senior forward Joey Trupo had seen just about enough of his squad's sputtering offense. After an inspired Williamstown squad put Catholic on its heels early and hung in even most of the way, Trupo landed a 1-2 combination in the form of back-to-back goals just 2:30 apart, giving the Irish a lead, a cushion and - despite a furious late rally from the Yellowjackets - eventually a win in the Class AA-A Region 4 title game.

Catholic will indeed advance to next week's state tournament in Beckley with the win, but there were a lot of anxious moments along the way - certainly more than Catholic is accustomed to facing.

"I thought it was tougher than I thought it was, Catholic coach Dom Cipollone said. "As we got along we started possessing more and after the first goal I think it got a little better.

"I thought they were better than I thought they were honestly, they're a pretty good team.

There was no grand celebration for Catholic afterward. Instead, the Irish took a photo or two with the regional trophy and walked off the field, treating the win more like business as usual than a grand achievement.

"We're going to states now and that's expected, Trupo said. "I'm really happy. I wish we could've won it more securely. We're definitely happy and excited for it, but we expect it and we need to keep our standards high. That's how we win is keeping our expectations high.

Before Trupo's scores, most of the game was contested in the middle of the field with both teams getting only two shots on goal in the opening half.

But it was the Yellowjackets (15-3-1) who came closest to denting the scoreboard on an early mistake from Catholic freshman goalie Ethan Malinoski.

A ball rolled into the box and Malinoski leisurely tried to clear it, not realizing a Williamstown striker was in the area. …

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