Revercomb finally broke through less than eight minutes into the second half, putting away an assist from Tanner Whipkey for a 1-0 lead. Scriptunas added an unassisted goal less than three minutes later after a scrum in front of the net. The play became more heated in the second half as the teams combined for four yellow cards - two for each squad.
Catholic controlled possession for most of the game, limiting Washington (1-2) to one shot on goal compared to the Irish's 14. Catholic keeper Mitchel Thorsteinson saved the only shot he faced.
"The competition was very good,'' Fox said. "It was nice to see how we responded in that type of situation. I think we could have finished a little bit better. Defensively, I thought we played well. I don't know of too many opportunities Washington had against us. I thought we improved in certain areas.''
In spite of the loss it was a good afternoon for Washington coach Kevin Robins, who is juggling his lineup after returning only three starters. The Patriots made a stop in Parkersburg on Friday night for a game, which they lost 3-0.
"We lost a couple of big players that are now playing college soccer,'' said Robins. "It's a huge adjustment for us. The young guys are really coming along well. I'm actually playing a couple of freshmen on the varsity team.
"We wanted to come up here and see how we can hang with the best teams in the state. We learned that as long as we're patient and move the ball we can play with them. I'm real excited about this weekend. Sometimes you go, 'Oh, a loss, that's terrible,' but in this case it's actually a victory for us because we know what we have to work on.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.