Jones followed with an unassisted tally in the 19th minute for a 2-0 advantage. Jones tracked down a loose ball on the right sideline then cranked a shot from about 20 yards out that hooked inside the left post. Jones had another shot that went off the crossbar in the 33rd minute.
"It was a big deal,'' said Jones of the early goals. "It set the tempo. It really took the pressure off us.''
Catholic had several opportunities early in the first half but couldn't connect. Irish sophomore Caroline Dundervill, who leads the Kanawha Valley with 41 goals, had a one-on-one with Reed but sent the shot over the goal in the fifth minute.
Then Catholic sophomore Sophie Bumgarner had a direct kick from the left top of the penalty box in the 14th minute but sent it wide right. Dundervill had another breakaway chance in the 19th minute but Reed jumped up to block the shot with her body.
The Irish pressed the entire second half but still couldn't break through. Catholic sophomore Peyton Keener's direct kick from the left side of the box found sophomore Payton Mullen's head and was just wide of the goal early in the second half.
Keener took a direct kick just to the right of the penalty box, which produced nothing in the 44th minute. Keener cracked a shot off Reed and the crossbar in the 49th minute and Bumgarner took a direct kick from about 30 yards out that went wide right in the 73rd minute.
"Catholic just came out, trying to get those two goals, and it showed,'' Jones said.
Catholic coach Amy Mullen was unavailable after the game.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.