SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – For the most part, the boys and girls soccer seasons have all but wrapped up, with Jefferson and Washington High Schools beginning to turn their focus on the upcoming WVSSAC sectional playoffs.
Originally, there had been matches slated with Berkeley County schools to close out the season this week, but those matches will not be played since Berkeley County remains in gold status, according to the most recent COVID-19 map update, which was released on Saturday.
Berkeley County schools are restricted to interscholastic events within their own county, or against schools from counties in the Mountain State which also have a gold designation on the COVID-19 map.
Also cancelled this week are the Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference’s boys and girls cross country championships, which were to have been held at Sam Michaels’ Park, near Jefferson High School, on Job Corps Road.
Sectionals in soccer are scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 19, according to the WVSSAC Fall Sports guide. Volleyball sectionals begin Monday, Nov. 2.
Regional cross country championships are slated Oct. 22-24.
Just how all the sectional playoffs schedule plays out, under the COVID-19 restrictions across the state, remains to be seen, but Jefferson girls soccer coach Heather Andrew is using this time off for added practice time. The Cougars are 3-1 against sectional opponents, meaning they will most likely get a bye in their three-team sectional playoffs.
“We’ll use this time to work on a few things,” Andrew said following a 2-1 win over Washington last Thursday at Jefferson. The win avenged a 1-0 loss at Washington on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Andrew said some nagging injuries hampered the Cougars’ efforts in the setback to the Patriots.
“We were not at 100 percent in that match,” she said. “Not everyone was available to play.”
Last Thursday’s rematch was much different. While Jefferson and Washington played fairly-even soccer, with the Patriots (6-3-1) holding the edge in shots (19-16), the Cougars didn’t take long to score.
In her first match back since a foot sprain sidelined her two weeks ago, Ellie Cunningham punched a left-to-right shot into the corner of the Washington goal at the three-minute mark, giving Jefferson a 1-0 lead.
Four minutes into the second half, Jefferson made it 2-0. Freshman Chloe DeMoulin, also coming off a hairline fracture in her foot, took a pass from Cunningham in close to the goal, tucking the shot into the right corner of the net.
“I took a cross from Ellie, then set it up and took the shot,” DeMoulin said.
Chloe Miller scored Washington’s lone goal of the match with 13 minutes, 15 seconds to go, banging in an in-close shot. Her goal came minutes after Jefferson turned back three shots, including a pair from point-blank range.
“It’s always a battle when we play Jefferson,” Washington coach Tim Michael said. “This was a hard-fought match.”
Leila Mallamas had 12 saves for the Cougars (8-2-2). Olivia Hobbs had one.