By Dan Stillwell
Register-Herald Sports Writer
Thursday was not a good night for Woodrow Wilson’s girls soccer team not to bring its “A” game.
The Flying Eagles often seemed a step slow as they dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting Hurricane at the YMCA’s Paul Cline Stadium.
Just two days ago, Woodrow had played well in a 3-0 win over Huntington.
“It’s our fourth game of the season, and we were on the flat side,” coach Paulette Umberger said. “We didn’t get back from Huntington until 11:30 Tuesday night. It’s always tough to come back and play.”
Woodrow (2-1-1) had scored early last season in Hurricane to claim the victory. The Redskins returned the favor this time around in just 29 seconds when junior Kayla Mc-Knight swept down the right side of the box, beat a defender and then slotted the ball past goalkeeper Emily Lane for a 1-0 lead.
The Flying Eagles answered in the 13th minute when sophomore forward Rebekah Cook fired from the middle of the box past keeper Hannah Thompson. But that would be their last shot on goal of the game.
Hurricane’s midfield was dominant, seldom allowing Woodrow past midfield on defense, and providing Hurricane strikers with several opportunities.
Amy Watson scored in the 22nd minute, and Carly Cunningham added an insurance goal in the 74th.
“Hurricane is a good team. They play fast ball, and they’re much more physical than what we play,” Umberger said. “We have to learn to step it up. When somebody can take it to us, we have to learn from it.”
Lane finished with five saves. She had two clean sheets going into the game, a 10-0 win over Ripley joining the 3-0 blanking of Huntington. Woodrow played Parkersburg to a 2-2 tie.
“The Huntington game was just tremendous. We clicked on all four (cylinders)” Umberger said. “But Hurricane is a better team than Huntington. They play well together. They talk to each other. They have a lot of positives going for their team.”
Hurricane (2-0) will play Wednesday at Parkersburg. Woodrow will travel to St. Albans Tuesday for a 5 p.m. matchup.
“We’ll do a little resting this weekend and we’ll be more focused when we come back,” Umberger said. “Tonight, there were things we didn’t do and passes we didn’t make. We have to do it next time.”
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