Hoover, Sissonville girls advance in soccer sectionals
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Herbert Hoover will get another crack at Sissonville.
Junior Emilee Henry scored a goal less than two minutes into the second half and as usual the Huskies' defense made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Williamstown in the Class AA-A Region 4 Section 1 semifinals. A crowd of about 100 attended the state-ranked matchup at Andrew Jordon Field at Trace Fork.
In the other semifinal, four different players netted a goal as Sissonville downed Ravenswood 8-2.
The No. 1 Indians (18-0-3) will face the No. 11 Huskies (16-4-1) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium in Coonskin Park with a berth into the regionals on the line. Sissonville shaded Hoover 1-0 Oct. 15.
"We're just going to continue to play our game,'' said Hoover first-year coach Brittany Woods. "It's a rivalry game. We don't want to get too emotional. It's just kind of like a business trip. We need to get in there and get the job done.''
"I'm excited,'' added Sissonville's Madison Jones. "Hoover always plays a good game. We're big rivals in every sport. I think it'll be a fun game to play. I think playing on the football field [in the first meeting] made a difference and playing at Schoenbaum will make a difference. I know eventually we'll put one in.''
After a scoreless opening half Tuesday in the first semifinal, Huskies sophomore Hannah Schoolcraft dribbled to the right post and sent a pass across the face of the goal as Henry streaked into the penalty-box area and shot it past Williamstown junior keeper Heather Albertson's outstretched right hand for a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute.
The No. 9 Yellow Jackets (12-4-2) didn't muster many scoring chances the rest of the way, and when they did Huskies goalie Bailey Aab was there to snuff it out, finishing with eight saves. Williamstown edged Hoover 2-1 Sept. 26 in Falling Rock.
"It's always good,'' said Henry of the Huskies' stonewalling defense.
"Bailey made some awesome saves,'' added Woods. "We knew how much we had on the line. We stepped up and followed through. We are truly a team. I can't say enough about how proud I am to be the coach of the Lady Huskies.''
This was Williamstown's first season of having an all-girls team. The Yellowjackets had previously fielded a co-ed soccer squad.
"I think Hoover came out with a lot more intensity and passion that we just couldn't match and really put the pressure on us,'' said Williamstown coach Mike Albertson, who started seven freshmen and two sophomores.
"When you get into the sectional tournament it's a whole different game. They dictated the play. We couldn't get anything going. I felt we couldn't use our speed like we did last time.''
Ravenswood had to replace starting freshman goalie Makayla Berry, who was injured on Sissonville's first goal in the fourth minute. Kendra Vaughn, who started in the field, replaced Berry the rest of the way.
Mary Schmeck tallied three goals for Sissonville while Jones and Karli Pinkerton chipped in two apiece and Taylor Rhodes had one.
Bess McNabb scored twice for the Red Devils.
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