Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SOCCER - STATE TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS ; GW GIRLS TO FINALS; Quick Start Carries Patriots to Semifinal Win vs. Washington

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SOCCER - STATE TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS ; GW GIRLS TO FINALS; Quick Start Carries Patriots to Semifinal Win vs. Washington

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INSIDE: Winfield, Catholic girls move on to AA-A finals; GW boys advance in AAA 3B

BECKLEY - Some might have expected a team that starts as many underclassmen as George Washington does to struggle under the pressure of a state semifinal game. But the Patriots, who started seven sophomores and a junior along with three seniors, wasted no time jumping ahead and cruised to a 5-0 victory over Washington on Friday at Cline Field.

GW (14-3-5) will play for the Class AAA girls state championship at 10:30 a.m. Saturday against University, which defeated Cabell Midland 1-0 Friday in the other semifinal.

"My confidence is so high in these girls, GW coach Ali Sadeghian said. "The chemistry has been so great, especially with the older girls leading the way, and we knew that we were prepared with the schedule we played this season. I trusted them because their work ethic is great, and that's the reason we're here today.

George Washington found the back of the net three times in the first half to quickly swing the momentum into its favor. The first goal came 12 minutes in when Elana Pomponio's shot from the left side hit off the goalkeeper's hands and deflected over to the far side of the post. Sophomore Emily Lewis was there to finish and put GW on the board first.

Darien Ball followed that with a pair of goals in the first half - the first coming on a deep shot from outside the 18-yard box in the 24th minute and the other the result of a breakaway where she beat the goalkeeper one-on-one.

"It was great to get those goals, we had some really good teamwork, Ball said. "It was a great feeling to get us in the lead like that, but I couldn't do it without my team.

The win was a bit of revenge for George Washington after falling to Washington earlier in the regular season.

That previous result was on GW's mind heading into this game.

"We wanted to come out strong because that's what they did when we played them in the regular season, GW senior Kate Eddy said. …

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