Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SOCCER - STATE TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS ; GW Wins, Will Face University for AAA Boys Championship

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SOCCER - STATE TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS ; GW Wins, Will Face University for AAA Boys Championship

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CLASS AAA BOYS

GEORGE WASHINGTON 5 JEFFERSON 1

UNIVERSITY 3 PARKERSBURG 2

BECKLEY - Coming into Friday night's Class AAA boys state tournament semifinal matchup against Jefferson, George Washington knew the expectations the Patriots had set for themselves were pretty high after an undefeated regular season and rolling through the sectional and regional tournaments. A goal early in the second half from Chance Anderson helped spark a four-goal second half to lift the Patriots a step closer to their goal of a state title with a 5-1 win over the Cougars.

George Washington (22-0-1) will play in the AAA championship game at approximately 1 p.m. at Cline Field at the Beckley YMCA Soccer Complex against University (19-3-2), which defeated Parkersburg in two overtimes.

"This is our sixth year in a row being here, but the last two years were a bitter pill to swallow for us, GW coach Kevin Cushing said. "So to be able to come out and get this victory over a very good Jefferson team is a big positive for us.

After some back and forth between the two schools, GW started to take control and dominate possession and the chances in the early going of the final 40 minutes.

Not long after Anderson scored his goal to put GW ahead, the Patriots added an insurance goal when Ahmed Mohamed - who had the assist on Anderson's goal - scored one of his own seven minutes later to put GW comfortably in front.

Cole Snyder and Noah Shaak added late tallies for the Patriots.

"We just wanted to get out and take the momentum back in our favor, Mohamed said. "We knew if we could do that we could control the game the rest of the way.

The Patriots wasted no time getting in the driver's seat in the first half, as George Washington scored in the third minute after Anderson sent a cross into Kaleb Crede, who put the shot away to pull ahead early.

From there, GW continued to assert itself in possession - keeping the ball in its half for a large portion of the first 20 minutes of the opening half. …

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