Ties aren't broken during the regular season, but the MSAC needed to crown a champion. GW (17-0-2) and Parkersburg will both be credited with a tie on their regular-season record.
The MSAC championship and triumph over Parkersburg couldn't have come at a better time for the Patriots, who suffered their first blemish on their record this week with a 1-1 tie against Charleston Catholic.
"It's a big win, especially off our Catholic game,'' Miller said, "which was a disappointing tie. We just kept it up and really played hard during that overtime and won it early. We knew it was going to be a close game. We were ready.''
Miller gave GW a 1-0 lead in the opening half Saturday on a nifty unassisted tally. The senior co-captain held off a defender on his left and Big Reds keeper Reid Strobl, who had three saves, on his right to poke the ball through both players.
Parkesburg knotted it at 1-all late in the second half when the Patriots were called for a handball in the penalty-box area that resulted in a penalty kick. Parkersburg junior Tommy Logston scored on a shot into the lower-left corner past GW goalie Garrett Phillips, who finished with seven saves - six after halftime.
"I'm so proud of my kids and how they didn't back down,'' said Parkesburg coach Don Fosselman. "The first half we didn't play very well. The second half we started knocking the ball around and we had [George Washington] back on their heels. We had so much more composure [in the second half].''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.