Capital typically saves its best for last and the Cougars seem to be trending that way this season, too.
Freshman midfielder Taylor Hunkele scored a goal off an assist from freshman midfielder Halie Hill early in the opening half and that was all Parkersburg could muster against host Capital for a 1-0 victory Saturday on the Cougars' Senior Day.
A crowd of about 70 attended the Class AAA matchup of state-ranked girls high school soccer teams at the Alex Schoenbaum Family Foundation Fields at Capital High School.
The Cougars (7-8), who were No. 14 in this week's state coaches association rankings, have held their own against some strong opponents but are still seeking consistency with only a few weeks left before the postseason begins. Capital upset top-ranked George Washington in last year's sectional tournament.
"I think we have better potential, but we're just not executing,'' said Cougars senior keeper Michelle Newhouse, who turned in four saves to keep her team in the game to the end.
"We're getting there. It's just going to take more work. We usually peak during sectionals. It worked out well for us last year beating G-dub.''
Cougars coach Riley Gibson said the addition of a couple of injured players in the next week or so should make a difference in close games.
"We tend to play one good [half] and one bad one,'' said Gibson, who has seen his squad drop three games by 1-0 scores and another 2-1. "We let one get in and . . . it just kills us. We can't lose the 50-50 balls and expect to win. Our girls have to eventually find it in themselves that they want to win.