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Jefferson shoots out Parkersburg for title

November 04, 2007|By DAN STILLWELL

BECKLEY, W.Va. - Jefferson didn't just win a state championship game Saturday. The Cougars won a game for the ages.

Heather Shaffer drilled a penalty kick into the right side of the net to give Jefferson a 2-1 victory over Parkersburg in a record 13-shot shootout at Paul Cline Stadium.

"I couldn't breathe, there was so much pressure," the junior said. "But I knew it was a good strike."

Only one other state final had gone to a shootout, Wheeling Park's 1-0 win over Morgantown in 2001.

"That one went to five penalty kicks," West Virginia Soccer Association executive director Dave Laraba said.

Dunnie Bache certainly hadn't endured 13 PKs.

"I've been involved in some shootouts at the high school level, and more so at a club setting, but I've never gone that far," the Jefferson coach said. "It was just too much."

Bache did not see Shaffer's shot, nor any of the other 12 by his team.

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"I let my players tell me if we made it or missed it," he said. "But I watched all of (Wheeling's)."

After finishing regulation and four overtimes, the teams alternated shots on 12 penalty kicks each.

Jefferson (17-5-5) nearly lost when Parkersburg keeper Kelsey Graham got a hand on Kaitlyn Mahoney's shot in the 10th round.

The ball was deflected back into the goal, however, evening the count at 10.

Cougars keeper Sarah Cooper made the play of the game in the 13th round, a diving stop on a kick by Brooke Logston.

The Parkersburg standout made an earlier shot in the third round. Cooper was ready this time.

"I saw her foot planted to go to my right, so I went that way," she said.

Logston said, "I was just thinking to shoot for the corner."

Parkersburg (21-2-2), the defending state champion, led for much of regulation time. Alex Bush brought the ball into the box in the 28th minute, made a beautiful move on a defender, took two steps and fired off Cooper's hands for a 1-0 lead.

The Cougars did not get a shot on goal until the 69th minute, when Katie Perry took a pass from her sister Jenny and launched a shot past Graham for the equalizer.

Graham finished regulation, two 10-minute overtimes and two five-minute sudden-death overtimes with four saves. Cooper had two.

"What a tough game to lose," coach Mike Lockney said. "A great shot by Alex went in, but on the rest we took too long or were unlucky.

"Most teams would be happy with the season we had. It just hurts right now."

Jefferson lost 3-0 to Parkersburg in last year's tournament. The Cougars had never been in the finals before.

"We're so elated. We came from nowhere," Bache said. "A referee told me people were asking where Jefferson was from.

"I think they know now."

Associated Press

Parkersburg's Chelsey Maiden (10) races Jefferson's Eva Marshall (4) to the ball at the West Virginia girls soccer final in Beckley on Saturday. Jefferson won the match 2-1 following an overtime shootout for the championship.

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