The Patriots (8-0) controlled the pace and possession throughout with a 12-5 edge in shots on goal. The Redskins (6-2-1) had several scoring chances in the first half on counterattacks that penetrated to the Patriots' box but only managed one shot on target after halftime.
"It took us a while to figure out where the people were that were going to actually counterattack,'' said Hopper, whose team hasn't allowed a goal this season and has outscored its opponents 30-0. "Once we made that adjustment, that helped us a lot to shut it down.''
"We didn't get that going as well today,'' first-year coach Hurricane Derek Ragle said of the counterattack. "They did a good job of marking and finding Loran Meadows and [Guillermo] Ugarte. [GW] is every reason we played the way we did.''
The Patriots held in check Ugarte, Hurricane's foreign-exchange student from Chile who leads the Kanawha Valley with 17 goals, and Meadows, who has 13 tallies.
Ugarte always attracted a swarm of defenders when he dribbled into GW territory, and he was forced to give the ball up to his teammates. Hayslett finished with 11 saves.
"I knew coming into this it was going to take a great effort,'' said Ragle, who replaced Jim Dagostine after seven seasons and last year's state title.
"GW's a great team. They just possess the ball so well. I would compare them to Spain's national team. [The Patriots] just work the ball down the field. They rarely turn it over.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.