MORGANTOWN — Two of the highest groups in West Virginia boys highschool soccer confronted off for the Class AAA Area 1 Part 1 championship on Thursday night at Pony Lewis Discipline because the Morganton Mohigans (16-4-1) met the Wheeling Park Patriots (17-4-1).
Mohigan senior Joel Beeson scored the lone objective of the match within the second time beyond regulation to assist his staff defeat the Patriots to advance to the Area 1 title sport with a shot on the state event.
“Wheeling Park is an unbelievable staff who’re so robust everywhere in the area,” MHS head coach Sam Snyder mentioned. “I’m happy with our effort tonight to close them out and hold a zero on the scoreboard. We knew we simply needed to cling powerful, it’s the playoffs in spite of everything. We knew what the curcumstances had been and who else however a senior that has performed in a state championship to finihs it off and earn that second.”
The opening half didn’t see any targets however did see loads of motion because the tempo of play was fast from the opening whistle. The Patriots’ finest probability of the primary half got here from one of many many corners that they’d in the course of the match, as junior ahead Tresz Mcleod rose to fulfill the ball however his headed effort met the crossbar.
The Mohigans practically discovered the opening objective halfway by the primary half when striker Alex Gonzalez fired a shot on objective that took an excellent effort from WP keeper Gavin Border to save lots of along with his proper foot. That play was adopted by one other probability as a bouncing ball rolled throughout the face of objective however wasn’t touched by anybody.
The second half opened matching the tempo of the primary, with every staff pushing arduous to search out the go-ahead objective. Each groups noticed a number of probabilities to attain all through the half however each stable protection and high quality goalkeeping stored the match deadlocked with out a rating. It might take greater than the 80 minutes of regulation to discover a winner between the 2 evenly-matched groups.
There aren’t any attracts within the playoffs, so a winner needed to be determined within the match and two durations of 10 minutes had been performed for time beyond regulation with the primary objective scored deciding the winner in golden objective.
After a scoreless first OT, the match practically appeared destined to stay scoreless till Beeson discovered the ball at his toes on the high the the field. He labored the ball to his left foot and fired a shot into the left nook of the online, giving the Mohigans a 1-0 victory over Wheeling Park for the Area 1 Part 1 title.
“I believe the ball was coming in from a cross and when it bounced to me all I considered was successful,” Beeson mentioned. “I noticed the ball go into the again of the online and it felt unreal. I nearly couldn’t imagine it went in.”
MHS will advance to the Area 1 championship towards crosstown rival College for one more Mohawk Derby on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. at Brooke Excessive Faculty. The winner will advance to the state event because the Area 1 champions.