It turned out to be a remarkable season for Washington High School’s boys’ soccer team.

The Patriots’ boys made a huge statement at last weekend’s WVSSAC’s Class AAA state championships at Beckley’s Paul Cline Memorial Soccer Complex.

Washington stunned reigning Class AAA state-champion, and top-seeded, George Washington, of Charleston, 2-1, in double-overtime on Friday. Trailing 1-0, with less than eight minutes left in regulation, the Patriots’ Will Morgan converted a penalty kick, tying the match at 1, eventually sending it into golden-goal overtime.

Neither team scored in the first 10-minute period, but the Patriots scored in the second OT for the win, setting up a Saturday championship match with No. 2-seed Morgantown, a team Washington defeated during the regular season, 4-2, on Aug. 28. However, the Patriots (14-4-4) were unable to defeat the Mohigans a second time.

Morgantown scored both of its goals in the first half, then shut out Washington the rest of the way to win the Class AAA state championship.

Jack Walker finished as the team’s top scorer, with 20 goals and eight assists. Morgan had nine goals with four assists.

WASHINGTON’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM improved this season. The Patriots advanced to the Class AAA, Region II, Section II championship match by defeating county-rival Jefferson in three sets, 25-21, 25-23, 25-7.

Washington lost to Hampshire in five sets in the Section II final, but still earned a spot in the Region II tournament before losing to defending Class AAA state-champion Musselman. Musselman and Hedgesville have both qualified for the state tournament, which begins Friday, at Charleston.

SHEPHERD ATHLETIC NOTES … The university’s men’s and women’s basketball seasons are set to begin this weekend, with the men hosting the Dave Russell Conference Challenge on Friday and Saturday at Butcher Center. 

The Rams’ men will play Fayetteville State at 7 p.m. on Friday. Bowie State plays Mercyhurst in a 5 p.m. game. The teams switch opponents for Saturday, with the Rams playing Bowie State at 6:30 p.m. and Fayetteville State and Mercyhurst taking the court for a 4:30 p.m. game.

Shepherd’s women travel to Frostburg this weekend for the PSAC-MEC Challenge. Shepherd plays Davis & Elkins at 5 p.m. on Friday, then plays host to Frostburg at 3 p.m. on Saturday. 

After a very-limited season last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shepherd is back to a full schedule. The men will play 30 games. The women will play 28 games.

Volleyball … The Rams won a pair of matches this past week, defeating Lock Haven, 3-0 on Friday, then defeating Bloomsburg in a challenging, five-set, match on Saturday. Shepherd is 21-3 overall, 10-2 in PSAC East.

Georgia Ohmke had 10 kills and six blocks for the Rams against Lock Haven. Victoria Nicholes had 24 assists with eight digs.

Ohmke had 11 kills with six blocks on Saturday against Bloomsburg. Elyssia Smith had 10 blocks. Mikaylah Hoy had 20 digs for the Rams. Nicholes had 30 assists with 22 digs.

Men’s Soccer … Shepherd lost at East Stroudsburg, 4-0, on Saturday. The Rams are 2-16. Billy Wood had eight saves for the Rams.

Women’s Soccer … The Rams played to a 2-2 tie at Shippensburg on Monday, Nov. 1, then lost at East Stroudsburg on Saturday, 5-0. 

Delaney Bittner and Paris Kimbrell each had one goal with one assist for the Rams (4-11-2) against Shippensburg. Faith Geraci had a career-high 13 saves for Shepherd. She had seven saves in the loss to East Stroudsburg.


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