Quick-striking GW boys advance
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It only took an instant for George Washington to punch its ticket back to the state tournament.
Senior Daniel Glines scored three goals, the first two coming 63 and 27 seconds into the opening and second halves, respectively, as the Patriots raced past Woodrow Wilson 3-0 Tuesday evening in the Class AAA Region 3 boys soccer final. A crowd of about 400 attended the matchup of state-ranked teams at Andrew Jordon Field at Trace Fork.
GW (21-0-2), which finished No. 1 in the final state coaches association rankings and is the only unbeaten team in AAA, will take on No. 10 Jefferson (17-2-2) in the state semifinals Nov. 8 at the YMCA Youth Soccer Complex in Beckley. Jefferson defeated Buckhannon-Upshur 2-0 in the Region 2 final. GW lost in last year's semis to Parkersburg 1-0.
Glines tallied his first goal off senior Noah Miller's assist 1:03 into the first half. Miller streaked down the right sideline then crossed a pass to Glines, who was standing in front of the net for the easy score.
The Patriots' 1-0 lead held until halftime, then Glines tallied an unassisted goal 27 seconds into the second half. He finished off his impressive display on a setup from Miller in the 31st minute. GW senior keeper Garrett Phillips turned in three saves for the shutout.
"It's something you dream of,'' said Glines, who entered Tuesday as GW's third-leading scorer with 10 goals. "I couldn't have done it without my team. They played great balls every time. Anyone could have done what I did. I just happened to be at the right spot at the right time.''
"He's had some trouble delivering on balls like that, but he certainly didn't tonight,'' added GW coach Tom Hopper. "A tribute to him.''
GW squeaked past South Charleston 4-3 in Saturday's sectional championship game, but the Patriots seemed ready from the get-go Tuesday. Woodrow (12-6-4) had won eight straight heading into regionals.
"We had some discussions and we pretty much cleaned up a lot of the fouls,'' said Hopper. "I think they worked together as a team.
"By not giving up a lot of the fouls we avoided some of the problems we had Saturday. I never would have thought two quick goals. I thought Woodrow played well, but I didn't think they were able to penetrate through our back.''
Woodrow senior goalie Josh Moore made one stop.
"[George Washington] scored the first couple of minutes of the first half, then I thought we played well,'' said Woodrow coach Rocky Powell, whose team lost 3-1 to GW during the regular season.
"It was a pretty even game. Then again, coming out of the second half they score again. Two goals against a team like this is a tough deficit to come back from.''
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