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Lady Colts win sectional crown

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tony Baisi Members of the Philip Barbour High School girls soccer team pose after capturing the Class AA-A, Region II, Section 1 title with a 3-1 win over Liberty on Saturday.

PHILIPPI — Philip Barbour collected a fourth consecutive sectional crown Saturday at George Byrer Field at BC Bank Park with a 3-1 victory over Big 10 Conference foe Liberty in the Class AA-A Region II, Section 1 final.

With a 14th victory of the season, the Lady Colts set a new school record for single-season wins. It also puts the team one step closer to making it back into the state tournament for a second year in a row.

“I was happy with how we moved the ball as a team,” Philip Barbour head coach Blake Williams said. “We could have finished better, but we created chances and had the advantage most of the game.

“Caylee (Simons) came up big with two goals,” he said. “Overall it was a good team effort in a good game. Give Liberty credit, they came to play.”

In the 34th-minute mark of the first half, Simons collected and settled a deflection before finishing in the right corner for a 1-0 PB advantage.

The Lady Colts’ Graylin Floyd finds open space against Liberty during Saturday’s sectional title contest at George Byrer Field at BC Bank Park in Philippi.

Four minutes later, Audrey Williams sent a corner kick into the scrum, where Simons booted it in for a 2-0 halftime score at the Colts’ Corral.

Determined not to fold while under an aggressive Lady Colts’ attack, Liberty used a sparse corner-kick opportunity in the 52th minute of the contest when Kaleigh Ryan scored to cut the Lady Mountaineers’ deficit in half.

Williams struck again from the flagstick with under 9 minutes left in regulation to help insure the win for PB.

Philip Barbour earned at least nine corner kick tries in the contest. Liberty senior goalkeeper Emma Kyle was huge for the visitors, racking up save-after-save.

Philip Barbour will host the upcoming Class AA-A Region II finals on Tuesday.

The boys contest between Herbert Hoover and Robert C. Byrd will kick off at 5 p.m. The Philip Barbour girls vs. Herbert Hoover matchup will start approximately 30 minutes after the boys’ game concludes.

“I feel like if we play as a team, we can beat anyone,” Williams said. “Tuesday’s game will be about effort. We have the skill and ability. I think the girls will be up for the challenge versus Hoover.”

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