HURRICANE, W.Va. - Two of the top teams in the state in their respective classifications duked it out Thursday night in a spirited girls soccer match and both came out feeling positive, yet not satisfied.
Sissonville, No. 2 in Class AA, led most of the game against Class AAA No. 3 Hurricane, but settled for a 3-3 tie. A handball in the penalty box with 2:25 remaining led to Kayli Blackburn's tying goal, tucked in the upper-left corner past Indians goalkeeper Brook Reed.
That's doesn't diminish Reed's performance, though. She saved 12 shots as the Redskins pushed much of the game, especially when they fell behind 3-1 early into the second half.
Some of those saves were better than average.
"Very, very athletic goaltender," Hurricane coach Shelly Young said of Reed. "We tend to shoot a lot, so we do see a lot of good keepers, but she did a really good job, for sure."
Abby Watson brought the game back to within a goal in the 59th minute, getting loose in the box, accepting an Audrey Barber feed and beating Reed. It was the 14th of 19 shots for the Redskins (14-1-1), against just five for Sissonville.
But the Indians made the most of those shots, with Karli Pinkerton scoring twice and Taylor Rhodes curling in a sweet free kick over keeper Hannah Thompson.
Pinkerton scored off a Mary Schmeck feed in the 18th minute, and Rhodes made it 2-0 with her bender in the 20th.
"Taylor's got a great leg, got a great shot," said Indians coach Ali Sadeghian. "I'm so proud of her - she knew what she was going to do, she know where she was going to shoot and she placed it perfectly."
Barber made it 2-1 in the 35th minute, taking an Allison Clay kick, getting Reed committing in the wrong direction and firing it off the keeper's left foot.