BECKLEY – Tournament time is special for many reasons, but it can sometimes be as simple as an unforeseen that plays the role of the hero.
That's exactly what Oak Glen got in the form of Phoebe Molish.
Molish took advantage of a scrum in the net and scored the only goal of the women's AA / A class semifinal on Friday against Winfield at Carter Field, leading the Golden Bears in the state championship game for the first time in their history.
"We understand that we will have to bring a different style when we get here," Ryan Wells, coach of Oak Glen, said. "I thought we had done it. It's one more step every year for three years. You have to prove yourself, especially in the big state football schools and I think (Friday) was our first step in that direction. "
Oak Glen (18-2-2) qualifies for today's championship game at 9:30 am against Charleston Catholic. The Irish defeated Bridgeport, 4-1, in the other semifinal.
Charleston Catholic defeated Oak Glen in last year's semifinal.
Winfield (18-6-1) controlled the possession of the ball throughout the fight, but did not seem to put one in the back of the net.
Oak Glen did not have many chances. This allowed one to count when he did it.
After a scoreless first half, Winfield was on the attack from the whistle of the second half and barely let Oak Glen pass in the middle of the field. But a counterattack allowed the Golden Bears a shot.
Brooklyn Loveland has made the habit of making perfect centers and this one in the surface has attracted Christin Walls, Winfield's keeper.
Only one defenseman of the generals picked up the ball, trying to defend against Oak Glen's Jules Virden and Molish.
The obvious attempt was pushed back and to the right of Molish, who opened the scoring to give Oak Glen a 1-0 lead with 14:50 to go.
"I do not really know what happened" said a delighted Molish. "I saw the ball fly beyond the defender and Jules was there. I mixed everything up and did not find the ball. All I did was turn around and throw the ball to the net and the ball came in. "
In a team filled with scorers such as Reece Enochs (48), Abigail Myers (33) and Jori Alexander (15), it was a young girl who scored a goal in Friday's game that was the biggest moment.
Wells began to talk with emotion about his sophomore.
"Bringing that little ball on the bench was huge for us," Wells said. "I told her that she was going to have a few minutes. We know that when Phoebe plays in the midfield, she can sometimes get in a bit of a bad situation and press hard, which was a good thing (Friday).
"She really did a good job. She was what we needed. Phoebe is an explosion of energy. We had to win 50-50 balls and she started to win them in the back, so we pushed her high because we saw the aggressiveness.
"Every time you can see a child having that kind of moment; That says everything. She breaks her ass. His playing time has decreased throughout the year, but it exceeds it. She has come a long way. "
Oak Glen was eliminated, 9-4. Goalkeeper Alexa Andrews had a hectic day trying to put an end to the Generals offensive, but was there to ruin everything.
She almost dropped an object during the first half, but she was rock solid afterwards. She was able to keep her cool as Winfield continued to attack, including a loose ball on a corner that did not cross the line, as well as a direct free kick from Ava Hall just outside the box. surface, which was tapping on the crossbar.
"The team around me keeps me calm because I panic sometimes," Andrews said. "All I know is that I had to keep the ball. I think I will be calmer for (today). "
Wells knew that Winfield was more talented and his curvy but undefeated defense stood up well to preserve the tournament's first tournament win.
"I thought the adjustments after the half-time discussion were huge," Wells said. "We were able to put more pressure. We started with this 1-4-4-4-1 and then we went to a 4-4-2 and talked about the counters where we could hurt them.
"It made a huge difference. These are the girls who understood throughout this first half. We were able to do it all year. The girls learned all year long to talk. We listened to their comments at half-time, which paid off. "
While the Oak Glen team was cheering, the cruelty of football where a team can control the game and lose is obvious.
Winfield coach Jade Smith could not believe what she had seen.
"We probably had our worst fundamentally solid game and we did not play as we know," she said. "I think my daughters had a heart and wanted to win, but you must have everyone. (Oak Glen) wanted it. I can not say that we are as good as we are because they were not, but it is the beauty of football and its terrible character.
"All it takes is a goal to get in. They were on our side maybe three times (in the second half), but they made it count."
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