Hurricane's defense clamped down on the Patriots the entire second half Thursday, only allowing them two shots on goal, and neither was struck very hard. Redskins junior keeper Brady Lawman made two stops. Patriots keeper Garrett Phillips also turned in two saves.
"The second half we played really hard,'' said White. "It says we're not going to quit. We're always here for a good game. We know we can score and come back. We have the potential to score any time.''
The victory was also a measure of revenge for the Redskins, who lost to GW in last year's state semifinals. The Patriots went on to capture their second AAA state championship.
"It's just another game, but we do love to come and play them,'' said White of facing GW. "They're one of the best teams in the state easily."
GW is still a work in progress after graduating seven starters from last season's title team, but the Patriots are improving faster than most anticipated.
"We got sloppy,'' said GW coach Tom Hopper of giving up two second-half goals to Hurricane. "We left way too much space to counter. This team is a bunch of juniors and they're learning how to play with each other. They're way ahead of where anyone expected them to be.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.