The Patriots peppered the Tigers' goal but had nothing to show for it until Bodnar's tally late in the second half. GW lost to Princeton 2-0 in the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship game a few weeks ago.
"The girls were hungry,'' said Ragle, who will be going to states for the first time as a head coach. "They wanted to get this win after Princeton knocked us off. I'm happy our girls responded. They just kept working and they didn't fold. I'm proud of them for not quitting.
"Give credit to Princeton, they gave us everything we wanted and then some. I don't think [our players] panicked. I think they just kept playing and they capitalized on a good chance. We finished. They've got a heck of a keeper, but this time we got one past her.''
Putorek finished with nine saves, including several tough saves on the ground.
"It's extremely frustrating, but I don't blame it on the keeper at all,'' Princeton coach Michelle Dye said of the goal. "It's just one of those fluke goals. [George Washington] was lucky and we were unlucky with it.''
GW last advanced to states in 2010, when it made a run to the title game but lost 2-0 to University. The Patriots were ranked No. 1 last year but were upset by Capital in the sectional semifinals.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.