By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
“We’re ready to go to war,” Fairmont Senior assistant coach Wayne Cochran said before the game as the Polar Bears came out of the locker room with eye black slathered on their cheeks.
And what a war it was.
Fairmont Senior, which has been known to score points in bunches, were held to just two goals against North Marion. But the Polar Bears defense came through and led Fairmont Senior to a 2-0 victory and a spot in the regional tournament.
The game was a physical one, with fouls being called seemingly every other minute.
“We just stuck together and played quick out there,” said Olivia Wilson. “We played as a team.”
North Marion’s game plan, according to coach Steve Rodriguez, was to come out and play aggressively.
“We expected it with it being West against North,” Rodriguez said of the physical play from both teams. “We shut their leading scorers down, but they scored two goals on us and they shut our offense off.”
While the Huskies were able to keep Ivey Nucilli and Gabi Mascaro frustrated most of the game with pressure, the Polar Bears proved that they have talent all around.
Just after the halfway point in the first half, Fairmont Senior put up the first points in the game with a goal from Sarah Topardo.