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For the second straight match, Washington High School's boys’ soccer team endured an overtime period to stave off elimination in the post-season.

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the Patriots boys squeezed out a 3-2 win over reigning Class AAA, Region II-champion Jefferson for the Section II title. Will Morgan delivered the match-winning goal in the final six minutes of overtime.

Last Thursday, at Hampshire High School, it would be Erick Estrada’s heroics in overtime, which would rescue the Patriots and send them into Friday’s Class AAA state semifinals at Beckley’s Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex.

Estrada scored the winning goal in the second overtime, giving Washington a 2-1 win over Hedgesville in the Class AAA, Region II championship match.

The Patriots (13-3-3), fourth-seeded in the state semifinals, will face top-seeded George Washington at 5 p.m. on Friday. A win on Friday would send Washington into a Saturday state Class AAA championship match.

In the girls Class AAA, Region II championship match, also at Hampshire High School, Spring Mills High ended Washington’s season, shutting out the Patriots, 2-0. 

The Patriots’ girls finish the year at 13-6.

After both teams played through a scoreless first half in the boys’ regional championship match, the Patriots’ took a 1-0 lead in the second half on a goal by Jack Walker, but that goal would not stand up. The Eagles scored later in the second half.

The Patriots and Eagles had scoring opportunities over the remainder of regulation play, but could not convert, sending the match into overtime, so when Estrada had the chance for the match-winning goal in overtime, he didn’t hesitate to convert the shot. 

It was Estrada’s fifth goal of the season.

For Walker, Thursday’s goal was his 20th of the season, a team best. Ryan Johnson, Washington’s senior keeper, has a 0.73 goals against average.

Thursday’s win served as a highlight to a turnaround season for Washington’s boys. The Patriots went through an abbreviated, 4-9, season last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Washington lost to eventual regional-champion Jefferson in the sectional playoffs last year, 4-0.

Washington’s girls, who have shown much improvement this season, upset reigning regional-champion Jefferson on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2-0, at Shenandoah Junction. During the regular season, played a tight match at Spring Mills on Thursday, Sept. 9, losing to the Cardinals, 1-0. In last Thursday’s rematch, the Patriots could not hold off Spring Mills.

Carissa Ring took a pass from Kami Cool for the first goal of the match in the first half. In the second half, Cool scored an unassisted goal. Spring Mills contained Washington the rest of the match for the shut out.

—Nick Carroll (Hampshire Review) contributed to this article

 

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