SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It all happened so fast, South Charleston didn't even get to enjoy its second-half lead against unbeaten and No. 1-ranked George Washington.
Because 14 seconds after the underdog Black Eagles took a 3-2 lead, GW tied it up. And exactly seven minutes later, the Patriots were back in front.
Drew Davis drilled his second goal of the match with 30 minutes, 38 seconds left Saturday afternoon and GW held on for a 4-3 victory in the boys Class AAA Region 3 Section 1 title game at Andrew Jordon Field at Trace Fork.
The win sends the Patriots (20-0-2) into the regional finals against Woodrow Wilson (12-5-4) at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Trace Fork. Woodrow has won eight in a row.
"You come to a game like this,'' said GW coach Tom Hopper, "and it doesn't matter how you played during the regular season, because most of the time these folks are going to come prepared. They played well, and we were lucky. I thought we lost some composure, but we seemed to regain it there near the end.
"I don't know if [the quick goal] stunned them, but it probably caught them off guard. They were on a high emotionally and we weren't, at that point. I think we were kind of stunned. But we were able to persevere and got some good breaks there.''
The Patriots, who downed SC 5-0 early in the season, found themselves trailing by a goal when a streaking Jonah Cosby scored off a free kick by Devonyet Harris from about 40 yards out with 37:52 left in the game. All three goals by the Black Eagles (10-6-4) came off set pieces.
But the euphoria of that 3-2 lead didn't last long.
GW stormed down the field and got the equalizer when Graham Platz stuffed the ball in the net from point-blank range off a feed from Peter Nelson with 37:38 on the clock.
"We have a two-minute philosophy,'' Davis said, "where whenever anyone scores a goal, we go as hard as we can for the next two minutes. It definitely put them on their heels, and we were just going on with our momentum after that.''
Seven minutes later, the free-scoring game continued when GW's Noah Miller got possession deep in his own end and drilled a long pass that caught Davis in stride as he split two defenders along the back line. His goal put GW up for good at 4-3.
"That was just a connection we've been building on this whole season,'' Davis said. "We knew it was going to happen eventually, so we just kept it simple and looked for our options.''
SC coach Ronnie Means acknowledged the momentum swing that occurred after Cosby's score put his team up 3-2.