"It's really a matter of whether the kids can do it. We've finally reached a point in the season where they really trust one another and know what to expect from the other players. As long as they play well I can accept the outcome.''
GW will get another shot at a familiar opponent, too.
The No. 6 Patriots (16-5-1) will take on No. 4 Princeton (17-1) at 5:30 p.m. today at Schoenbaum in the Region 3 final. The Tigers defeated GW 2-0 a few weeks ago in the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship game.
"The advantage of that is the girls respect them and they definitely won't take them lightly,'' said GW first-year coach Derek Ragle. "I think we've had some good practices lately.
"Our team morale seems to be good. It's the best it's been all season. I think [our players are] real excited to play Princeton. Numerous girls have said they can't wait to play Princeton. I think our girls are looking to even the score.''
The last time the Patriots faced Princeton they were coming off a week in which they played top-5 teams Hurricane and Winfield, splitting the two games, and had several starters either playing with injuries or out because of them.
GW suffered a few more bumps and bruises in its 2-0 win over Capital in the section final this past weekend with four players leaving the game.
"We feel like we're ready to go if someone gets injured,'' Ragle said.
Senior Charlie Lucente leads the Patriots with 13 goals while junior Taylor Ellis has 12 and senior Stephanie Kelly nine. Sophomore keeper Olivia Miller has 11 shutouts.
"We had opportunities to score goals [against Princeton],'' said Ragle. "We need to just finish our chances.''