Ragle said Tuesday's win was also validation for his players, who received no Mountain State Athletic Conference first-team selections at Sunday's coaches meeting.
"I think I'm doing pretty good with honorable mentions out here,'' the GW coach said. "I told the girls your peer teams didn't vote for you for all-conference. That's either a lack of respect or ... I think they used that for motivation and I think they're going to use that all year long.''
Lucente tallied an unassisted goal with 3:28 left in the opening half to stake GW to a 1-0 lead at halftime. After gathering a loose ball from about 20 yards out, she turned around and floated a shot just over Hurricane sophomore keeper Hannah Thompson's head.
Redskins senior Brittany Minor tied it at 1-1 with 14:57 remaining in the second half after taking the ball away from GW senior Maddi Wymer, dribbling in and placing the ball into the upper right of the goal. Sophomore Abby Watson put Hurricane ahead 2-1 at the 13:56 mark after shooting one off Miller then flicking in the rebound.
"I thought the first half we really didn't play our game,'' said Hurricane coach Shelly Young. "The girls really responded quite well in the second half.
"Both teams had their opportunities, but GW did a better job of finishing. I'm proud of the way my girls battled and never gave up. [Our players] don't like how they feel right now and I think they're going to do everything they can in practice and games to avoid having this feeling again.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.