Capital (5-3) missed some opportunities to grab momentum in the first half. Senior midfielder Katie Crowder sent a corner kick bouncing in front of the net and none of her teammates were able to get a foot or head on the ball. Then senior forward Lauren Johnson sent a shot wide right of an open net just before the break. Cougars all-state keeper Michelle Newhouse made five stops.
"We got off to a very, very slow start,'' said Capital coach Riley Gibson. "We came out a little flat in the beginning and [Hurricane] jumped on us. When you're within 2 feet of the goal and miss two, it's usually not a good night.''
Hurricane recorded its seventh shutout in nine games and has outscored its opponents 55-2.
"We have confidence in ourselves,'' Minor said. "Every team has a time where you peak, but I think every game we've gotten better. Every game we fix something. I'm pretty happy with everyone.''
"There's a lot of good players on this team,'' added Young, "but there's a lot of good chemistry. They just play really well as a team. We're still trying things out, trying people in different positions. We're not done developing as a team I hope.''
Minor is just glad to be back on the pitch and more importantly with her friends.
"I don't think I could ask more of my senior season,'' she said. "It means a lot for everyone to go out there and try their best and that's what everyone's doing.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.