Lady Tigers fall in sectional title game

The Inter-Mountain photo by Logan Comer Elkins’ Sofia Triplett advances the ball during the Lady Tigers’ loss to Lewis County in a sectional title game Thursday evening.

ELKINS — After two scoreless overtime periods Wednesday, the Lady Tigers soccer season came to an end as Lewis County netted a 4-2 victory on penalty kicks to claim the Class AA/A Region 2 Section 2 Championship.

“We came up a little short tonight,” EHS coach Scott Cutright said. “I thought we played well the whole game. The girls played hard. We did a lot of the stuff that we typically do. We possessed the ball well at times. We had good looks on goal. We just came up short. We had a balls hit the post, inches here or there. We got a goal called back with 4 minutes left to go in the game. A linesman said we had a girl offsides after we scored, so that was tough. Then we had a ball go off the post a few minutes into overtime. Things just didn’t go our way tonight.”

The game was deadlocked 0-0 after regulation time and neither team could find the net during two overtime periods. After the second overtime period, the game moved to a series of 5 penalty kicks for both teams. During the shootout, LCHS converted 4 of their shots, while EHS converted 2.

The Minutemaids will now move on to the Region 2 Championship game next week. The loss ended the season for Elkins.

The Lady Tigers finished the season with 14 wins, 6 losses and 1. Cutright said he was pleased with how the girls played during the season.

“Overall, it was a good season,” Cutright said. “Tonight, to get all that way and to have penalty kicks decide it, it’s just a cruel way to lose a game. I felt we deserved a win. You can’t really feel bad or feel like we didn’t play well. Things just didn’t go our way. Looking overall at the season, we had an incredible season. We took a step forward this year and played some really difficult teams. Fourteen wins is pretty impressive. It’s a lot to hang our hat on. I’m really proud of the girls’ effort all season long. They did a great job, they just came up short.”