RIPLEY - Williamstown had a little surprise for Charleston Catholic on Tuesday evening.
"I don't think we were expecting Williamstown to be that defensive,'' said Fighting Irish senior Adam Fox. "They played hard in the first half and we matched that intensity in the second half.''
Fox scored the first of three second-half goals as No. 1 Catholic disposed of No. 2 Williamstown 4-0 in the Class AA-A Region 4 final. A crowd of about 100 attended the boys high school soccer matchup at Ripley High School.
Catholic (21-0-2), the three-time defending state champion, advances to the state tournament semifinals and will take on Bridgeport (17-4-2) on Nov. 2 at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex in Beckley. Bridgeport downed Philip Barbour 5-0 in the Region 2 final.
Senior Sam Revercomb gave the Irish the lead for good at 1-0 Tuesday with 25:05 left in the opening half off an assist from senior Kiefer Hovorka.
Revercomb received a pass from the deep right corner and with one swift swing of his leg blasted the ball into the net, but that was all Catholic could muster as the Yellowjackets (15-2-3) packed in their defense on the Irish's side of the field.
Fox gave Catholic some breathing room less than five minutes into the second half on a tally off a setup from senior Luke Smith for a 2-0 advantage. Fox sent a laser from about 20 yards inside the right post.
"I really think it loosened us up and set the tone in the second half and we just took it from there,'' said Fox of his goal. "We just played real confident and patient.
"We were able to relax and play a little freer. I just think we moved the ball around quicker and took less touches and it just opened up. We took our time and put the ball in the back of the net.''