HURRICANE, W.Va. - Hurricane coach Shelly Young was hoping for a bounce-back performance from her squad after Monday's tough loss to Class AAA No. 1 Winfield, and it didn't take long for the Redskins to give her just that on Thursday.
No. 2 Hurricane scored all five of its goals in the first half and put it into cruise control en route to a 5-0 win over visiting St. Albans.
"They did a good job," Young said. "They were a little rattled after Winfield, but they came out and pulled it together and were able to play a good, solid game."
The Redskins fell 3-1 in a top-two showdown against their county rival just a few days ago, but there would be no hangover on Thursday.
Josie Kroeger slipped a goal past St. Albans keeper Megan Russell off an assist from Audrey Barber less than six minutes into the game to give Hurricane (9-1-0) a lead.
Barber was far from done, however, as the junior striker scored the next goal and the final two of the half and the game, both on assists from Kayla McKnight within a minute of each other.
Those three tallies were sandwiched around a score from fellow junior forward Abby Watson, and that outburst in the first 40 minutes was more than enough for Hurricane keeper Hannah Thompson and the Redskin defense.
"They're good players," Young said of her two forwards. "They definitely have the knack of finding the back of the net."