"They're beating teams 8-0 and 7-0,'' Mullen said of Sissonville. "Lydia Murray has the goal record and that's intimidating.
"Having a young team and not really realizing what we're coming to might be good for us. We've had success in our last few games. Things are clicking. I feel like we're ready to play. If we just calm down enough to be able to play our game, we should do pretty well.''
Catholic started the year winning its first five games, then lost four of its next seven before getting back on track with eight victories in its last nine, the lone loss to Class AAA No. 3 Winfield.
Freshman Caroline Dundervill's 18 goals pace the Irish, while freshman Payton Mullen (13 goals), freshman Peyton Keener (12) and senior Hannah George (11) are double-digit goal scorers.
"It'll be a good matchup,'' Sadeghian said. "Both teams are young and strong. It could go either way. This game is gong to come down to the strength and conditioning. We're a very shallow team compared to previous years. If we can hang in there, we'll have a chance.''
Catholic and Sissonville didn't meet during the regular season, but the teams are familiar with one another.
"Sissonville is our rival from the beginning with middle school,'' Mullen said. "A lot of those girls all know each other and play against each other.''
In other regional matchups today, No. 7 Fairmont Senior takes on No. 8 Wheeling Central in Region 1, No. 3 and defending state champion Grafton squares off with No. 2 Bridgeport in Region 2 and No. 6 PikeView plays No. 14 Pocahontas County in Region 3.
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