CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's hard to gauge how a matchup of top-10 teams will go with adrenaline and emotions running high, but George Washington followed coach Tom Hopper's script to another shutout victory Tuesday evening.
Drew Davis scored a goal less than three minutes into the second half and No. 2 GW made it stand up for a 1-0 decision over No. 9 and defending state champion Hurricane. A crowd of about 120 attended the Class AAA battle of state-ranked boys teams at Andrew Jordon Field at Trace Fork.
The showdown featured the last two AAA boys state champions. Hurricane defeated Parkersburg 2-0 last year to claim its first title, while GW downed Washington 5-2 in 2011 for its second championship. GW also played in last year's state semifinals.
The Patriots had barraged Redskins keeper Tim Hayslett with nine shots during Tuesday's opening half, and he stopped every one, including several diving stabs.
Davis and Noah Miller, though, hooked up to give GW a 1-0 lead with 37:17 left in the game.
Miller dribbled down the right side of the penalty-box area, then got around his defender and passed to Davis at the right post. Davis scored with a sliding kick, putting the ball into the lower left corner.
"They've played together a long, long time and they know how each other's going to react,'' said GW coach Tom Hopper.
"We've played some teams where we haven't scored in a while so I think [our players] are accustomed to being pretty patient. It was starting to get frustrating because we had a lot of opportunities. We kept plugging away and it worked out. We knew it was going to be a tough one.''
Avery Meadows came close to drawing Hurricane even at the 6:14 mark, but his shot across GW's goal was corralled by Patriots keeper Garrett Phillips, who made a diving, one-handed snag on the turf. Phillips finished with five saves.