In its first test of mental and physical toughness, Charleston Catholic came through with flying colors Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless opening half, Sam Revercomb and William Scriptunas scored a goal apiece to propel the Class A Fighting Irish past AAA Washington 2-0 in boys high school soccer. A crowd of about 100 attended the matchup at Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium at Coonskin Park.
The mostly clear skies gave the players little break from the blazing sun as temperatures approached 90 degrees and much higher on the artificial turf, which prompted both coaches to substitute frequently.
It was also a showdown of state soccer powers. Catholic (4-0) is the reigning Class AA-A three-time state champion while Washington, which is located in the Eastern Panhandle, was the AAA runner-up last year, losing to George Washington 5-2.
"It's the first time at halftime that we've been tied [this season],'' said Catholic coach Sam Fox. "We pointed that out to the boys and they came out in the second half and got the job done.
"It's our fourth game in a week. You could tell they were a little tired, but they came out the second half and played well. Washington is a really good team. It's a nice win for us.''
Catholic had plenty of chances in the first half to break the game open but couldn't cash in.
Revercomb, who had a team-high nine goals entering Saturday's play, had a point-blank shot on goal that Washington keeper Tim Kowalski, who finished with 11 saves, smothered in the 22nd minute.
Revercomb sent a rocket off the crossbar in the 12th minute and had a breakaway in the fifth minute, but Kowalski came out of the net and covered up the ball on the turf as Revercomb was winding up for a shot.