CLARKSBURG – The Grafton High School girls soccer team earned a first round by in their sectional tournament this season as they were ranked as the third best team in the tournament. In the second round the Cats found themselves face to face with a familiar foe, the Robert C. Byrd Lady Eagles. The Lady Cats fell behind early and could not catch the Eagles as they cruised to a 6 to 1 win over GHS.
The Eagles scored five goals in the first, one in the second half while the Cats managed one goal in the first half.
The lone goal for GHS was scored by Chloe Collins with the assist going to Kadie Dunham. The Bearcats had 10 shots on goal during the evening. The shots were recorded by Maggie Dickey (3), Payden Morris (2), Josie Grass (2), Emily Knotts, Collins and Emma Fridley.
“We faced RCB for the third time this season,” said first year head coach Sharron Griffith. “They scored early, but we answered quickly by finishing off a corner kick by Kadie Dunham, for the assist. This was huge for us because it was the first time this season we have been able to score on RCB. The girls were all excited, and it took a minute to sort out who actually got the goal because we had so many crashing the net, which was awesome. Chloe Collins was our scorer on the night,” added Griffith.
Morgan Griffith led the Lady Cats on defense as she was credited with eight steals in the contest. The remaining steals were recorded by Morris (6), Maddie Jo Mayle (7), Jacinda Devart (7), Dickey (4), Kenna Delaney (2), Jadyn Blackhurst (2), Dunham and Knotts.
Bailey Toothman and Natalie Weber shared time in the goal for GHS. Both girls recorded two saves in the contest.
“The girls passed & covered well, for the most part. Although we lost, we improved our play with each game we faced Byrd,” said Coach Griffith. “When compared to our two previous games with RCB, this time we played faster, we covered their midfielders better, we were stronger on the ball, we had fewer turnovers, and we were able to find the back of their net. Those are all excellent skills to build on from this point,” concluded Griffith.
With the loss the Bearcats were eliminated from sectional play and ended their 2018 season.