Then on another occasion, McCarty corralled a corner kick in the air but lost the ball when he was knocked into the goal. The referee ruled no goal since he was pushed into the back of the net. Oak Hill was also whistled offside on another rush on the goal.
"Just a little disappointed,'' said Catholic first-year coach Domenic Cipollone of the tie. "This was a real test for us.
"We just need a little more improvement. I thought the kids played OK. There are great expectations. We need a little work to be done.''
Jon Hardman and Jacob Kemlock added one goal apiece for Oak Hill in the first half.
"We hadn't had any adversity this season,'' said Red Devils coach Kyle Kent. "I'm very proud of my boys.
"That's a heck of a lot of adversity when you're staring down Charleston Catholic 2-0. [Our players] stuck with it and they hopefully showed a lot of people how good the Oak Hill team is right now.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.