It was fitting that on Election Day the Bridgeport girls soccer team applied the old cliche about voting "Chicago style" to their offense.
The Indians scored early and they scored often in their 7-0 win against Charleston Catholic in the second AA-A girls semifinal.
Bridgeport opened the scoring just three minutes into the game when freshman Mikayla Oliverio put the ball in the net, and Lauren McCarthy put Bridgeport ahead 2-0 in the ninth minute.
The Indians kept scoring, right up to Tori Coulter's tally in the 78th minute.
Catholic freshman Caroline Dundervill said that nerves were a factor for the young Irish.
"I think the freshmen were kind of scared being our first time out there," Dundervill said. "We really wanted to pull it off for the seniors."
In the other Class AA-A boys semifinal, Fairmont Senior easily dispatched Bluefield 5-1.
The Polar Bears struck first on a penalty kick by Justin Sloan in the 20th minute and added another goal two minutes later when senior Fletcher DeVaul was able to get a touch on a long free kick by Grant Holbert.
"The first goal is always a relief," Sloan said. "At the beginning we weren't exactly clicking but once we got that goal everything seemed to fall into place."
The Polar Bears (14-5-4) added a goal by junior Brent Pacoe in the 36th minute and another in the 43rd minute by senior Alec Wadsworth. Two minutes later, a corner kick found the head of Logan Demyon, who made it 5-0.
Bluefield (10-4-2) avoided the shutout several minutes later when Matthew Sabo beat Fairmont Senior goalkeeper Matthew Bartrug, but the Beavers could not get any closer.
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