CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington will face Hurricane at 6 p.m. today at Andrew Jordon Field at Trace Fork in South Charleston in a matchup of top 10 Class AAA boys high school soccer teams.
The showdown also features the last two AAA boys state champions. The Redskins defeated Parkersburg 2-0 last year to claim their first title, while the Patriots downed Washington 5-2 in 2011 for their second championship. GW also played in last year's state semifinals.
Hurricane won last year's meeting with GW 2-1 behind two second-half goals in a come-from-behind win. Redskins coach Jim Dagostine stepped down this summer after seven seasons and was replaced by Derek Ragle, a former assistant who guided the GW girls to last year's state title game.
GW (7-0-0) was second in Monday's state coaches association rankings after falling from last week's top spot. The Patriots are also ranked fourth in Region 4 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
GW has yet to give up a goal, outscoring its opponents 29-0 this year and getting goals from 10 different players with Drew Davis' six leading the way.
No. 9 Hurricane (6-1-1) boasts the Kanawha Valley's top goal scorer in Guillermo Ugarte, a foreign-exchange student from Chile who has 17 tallies. Loran Meadows has also reached double digits for the Redskins with 13 goals. Hurricane has also outscored its opponents 34-10.
Monday's state coaches association rankings had quite a bit of turnover at the top.
Wheeling Park and Charleston Catholic took over the top spots in Class AAA and AA-A boys, respectively, while Charleston Catholic was a new No. 1 in AA-A girls. Winfield was the only No. 1 holdover in AAA girls.
Park took over the top spot in AAA boys, followed by George Washington, last week's No. 1, Martinsburg, Parkersburg and Oak Hill. In AA-A, Catholic, which was fifth last week, vaulted to No. 1, trailed by No. 2 Grafton, No. 3 Fairmont Senior, No. 4 East Fairmont and No. 5 Sissonville, which occupied the top spot last week.
On the girls side, Winfield was still No. 1, followed by Putnam County rival Hurricane, Morgantown, George Washington and Spring Valley to round out the top five. In AA-A, Catholic was No. 1, followed by No. 2 Bridgeport, No. 3 Sissonville, No. 4 Frankfort and No. 5 Fairmont Senior. (See Page 2B for rankings.)