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High-powered Morgantown tops Brooke in OVAC semi

WELLSBURG — Morgantown controlled the midfield and the match.

The No. 3 seed Morgantown girls soccer team scored on its first eight shots on goal against No. 2 seed Brooke as the Mohigans rolled to a 9-1 victory in an OVAC Class 5A tournament semifinal on a rainy Wednesday night on Paul “Bud” Billiard Field inside Brooke Memorial Stadium.

“We try to possess the ball as much as we can,” Morgantown (8-2) head coach Stirlin Rivers said. “We love to play the ball. I think in the first half we had some bad first touches. We pride ourselves on our first touches. We came here to get a win, and that is what we did. The girls played well, so I am happy about that.”

The Bruins were back on their heels for the majority of the match.

“That was our first bad loss of the season,” first-year Brooke (7-2) head coach Jack Minger said. “They controlled the whole game. I think we got scared of their speed, and they capitalized on it.”

With the win, Morgantown will play No. 1 seed Parkersburg South in the tournament final at noon Saturday down at Wheeling Island Stadium. Parkersburg South shut out No. 5 seed University, 4-0, in Wednesday’s other semifinal in Parkersburg.

“Those are two good teams,” Rivers said about the Patriots and the Hawks. “No matter which one we play I know it is going to be a real-tough game. I am looking forward to the game. I like playing strong teams. You get better by playing strong teams. It is going to be a good game on Saturday.”

Sophomore midfielder Gracie Brown tallied a hat trick and four assists to lead the way offensively for the Mohigans. Also, Ashleigh Weaver recorded a hat trick, Megan Wolfarth finished with a goal and three assists and Cloe Ratliff and Ariana Borneo each collected a goal.

Madysen Scheller recorded one save in goal for Morgantown.

Chiara Ferrari delivered the lone goal for the Bruins off of an assist by Sophia Hannaoui.

Franki Neff finished with one save for Brooke.

Neither goalie made a save until there was 14 minutes left to play in the match.

The Mohigans scored goals on nine of their 10 shots on goal. The Bruins scored on one of their two shots on goal. For the match, Morgantown outshot Brooke, 13-4. Brooke took nine goal kicks, while Morgantown took five. The visitors had a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The match was scoreless for nearly 15 minutes before Ratliff scored off of a cross to give the girls in white a 1-0 lead with 25:10 remaining in the first half.

The visitors from Monongalia County collected three goals in the first half before adding six more in the second half.

“They do what they do,” Minger said.

Morgantown netted the first eight goals of the match.

The Bruins will play the Mohigans in back-to-back games as the two teams are scheduled to play at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Morgantown.

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