"We're ready to go,'' said Sissonville coach Ali Sadeghian, whose squad is the only undefeated girls team left in Class AA-A. "We have to do everything right. And one thing we haven't had in the past, we have to have some luck. Hopefully get a lucky bounce.''
Catholic, the four-time defending state champion in the boys division, has looked vulnerable at times this season.
The Irish saw their 64-match unbeaten streak end. In addition, Catholic suffered three losses, including back-to-back defeats, which hadn't occurred since 2008.
Catholic, though, ripped through its section fairly easily by a combined 9-1 score, which is quite impressive considering the tournament included No. 18 St. Joseph and No. 6 Sissonville. The Irish dispatched Sissonville 4-1 in the section championship game and were never really tested.
Sophomore Joey Trupo leads the way for Catholic with 31 goals, which is tied for second-best in the Valley. Irish junior Roger Burdette (12 goals) and sophomore Anthony Cipollone (10) are also capable offensive threats.
Catholic defeated Parkersburg Catholic 2-0 in the Bishop's Cup title game, a tournament for the state's Catholic schools, during the regular season. Trupo tallied both goals for the Irish.
"My team was not playing at its best at that time,'' said Catholic first-year coach Domenic Cipollone. "I don't think they were a team when we first started. I think mentally they've jelled together. I think they're giving it their best when they go out there.''
Parkersburg Catholic captured its first sectional championship by coming from behind for a 3-2 overtime win against Williamstown.
The Crusaders trailed 2-0 with 13:46 left in the game before tying it up on goals from Brady Kurucz and Brian Shin. Parkersburg Catholic then won it on Pete Keiser's tally with about two minutes to go in a 10-minute sudden death.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.