Dick Green, an assistant coach for the Nitro High School girls soccer team, collapsed and died before a game with Huntington on Saturday afternoon.
Green, the former Hurricane girls head coach, died after being taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital. (See obituary, Page 4B.)
Green was an assistant coach for the Poca girls squad last season. The Dots advanced to the Class AA-A regional finals before falling to Sissonville. Poca set a school record for wins and was playing in its first region final and won its first section game and section championship since the program began 15 years ago.
"One of the reasons we had such a great season and so successful was because Dick brought all kinds of skill and knowledge into our practices that made us a better team," said Poca head coach Mike Shrewsbury. "A guy that fit ... it just goes to show us anybody, anytime.''
SISSONVILLE 2, GRAFTON 0: Lydia Murray and Madison Jones each scored a goal as visiting Sissonville posted a victory over Class AA-A defending state champion Grafton in a rematch of last season's title game. Murray's strike in the 34th minute was the 100th goal of her career. Karli Pinkerton assisted on both goals for the Indians. Brooke Reed made four saves for Sissonville (3-0) while Grafton's Shauna Graham had six.
WINFIELD 6, WASHINGTON 1: Jayne Lawman tallied three goals, including a penalty kick, as the host Generals remained perfect. Emily Cole, Katie Bryant and Mackenzie Pritt chipped in one goal each for Winfield (4-0) while Faith Burchet halted three shots. Brianna Hester had the tally for the Patriots.
RIVERSIDE 9, LINCOLN CO. 0: Erin Hendricks, Maddie McDermott and Kaitlyn Murphy each had two goals for the visiting Warriors. Rachel Daw, Kara Knapp and Brooke Rumbaugh also scored for Riverside (2-0-1). Keepers Lauren Sparks and Sam Powers each had one stop in earning the shutout, with Sparks stopping a first-half penalty kick by Tamara Adkins.
HURRICANE 5, GREEN. EAST 0: Kayla McKnight, Audry Barber, Brittany Minor, Abby Watson and Haley Black had single tallies as Hurricane (3-0) picked up a home win. Greenbrier East (0-2) was outshot 15-5.
CAPITAL 5, RIPLEY 0: Katie Crowder netted two goals for the host Cougars while Traci Gibson, Michelle Newhouse and Ally Reeves pitched in one apiece for Capital (3-0). Newhouse and Hannah Jack had one save each to share the shutout. Ripley goalie Amanda McGreevey had two saves.
GW 2, BRIDGEPORT 1: Gaby Abad scored the winning goal in the second half as the Class AAA Patriots picked up a road win. Andrea Breeden got GW (2-0) on the board first in the fourth minute on a goal assisted by Stephanie Kelly. Alexis Alastanos scored for Bridgeport (2-2).
POCA 5, SCOTT 0: Marissa Perkins tallied thrice and Harley Hutchins and Mariah Kirk chipped in one goal apiece for host Poca (2-0). Kendall Sayre made two stops for the shutout.