"They got a couple on us and in kind of a way we were worried about free kicks and set plays,'' said Sissonville coach Eric Minsker, who will lose five starters to graduation. "I'll take the blame on this one.
"We probably didn't work hard enough on defending those things. I thought the boys played extremely hard. I couldn't ask for any more effort than we gave. We had our opportunities. We had a couple of nice crosses.''
The Irish graduated three of their top four goal scorers and starting keeper from last year's team, a list that included two all-state players. In addition, Domenic Cipollone took over the reins as head coach after two seasons as an assistant.
It's been a bumpy ride at times this season for the Irish, who saw their 64-match unbeaten streak end. Catholic suffered three losses, including back-to-back defeats, which hasn't occurred since 2008.
"We started off a little rough,'' Trupo said. "We went through some adversity, but we're doing great right now. Most of [our] team didn't play together.
"We brought in eight players. It was hard, but we brought it together. It's coaches and players, everyone's put in the effort. We just want to go for that state championship.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.