The Philip Barbour High School boys soccer team will be looking to advance to its first-ever state tournament when it clashes with Bridgeport today in the Class AA, Region II championship game.
The contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and will be played on the Indians' home turf at Wayne Jamison Field in Bridgeport.
The winner will move on to the state tourney, which is slated to get under way on Nov. 2 in Beckley.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Philip Barbour’s Nicholas Triplett?will look to help lead the Colts in tonight’s regional title game in Bridgeport.
"The kids are very excited about having the opportunity to play in the regional final," Philip Barbour coach Ron Jones said. "We lost to Bridgeport in the regular season by one goal, so I think the kids know they can compete with them.
"They are definitely up for the game."
Philip Barbour (12-8-1) beat Berkeley Springs 8-5 in last week's sectional championship game.
The Colts are led by senior midfielder Quentin Mouser and senior forward Saige Cline.
Freshman defender Nicholas Triplett had three goals for the Colts in their sectional title-game win.
Senior goalkeeper Tyler Schiefelbein has also been a key element to the Colts' success this season.
"If we play how we're capable of, we should be fine," Jones said. "We've had a great postseason so far."
Bridgeport (15-4-2) defeated Notre Dame 2-0 in its sectional final last week.
The Indians are led by forwards Joey Reese and Matthew Whiteman.
"We know its a home game for Bridgeport," Jones said, "but we're not looking at it like that. We're just looking at it as just another contest. We just need to play our game"