WHEELING - If anyone knows what the OVAC Cup Tournament means to Linsly, its Morgantown coach Ashley Neal.
The former Cadets standout has lived and played the annual event and was sure to remind her team that as not a member of the WVSSAC, Linsly can't participate in the state tournament.
Linsly played as well as anyone has played against the top-ranked team in the tournament and in West Virginia, but in the end it was Morgantown that earned a 1-0 victory in the semifinals of the OVAC Cup Tournament on Saturday at Wheeling Island Stadium.
"It was a great game and I love the OVAC Tournament," Neal said. "It gives us a chance to play at a competitive level. Linsly brought it and our girls responded well.
"We are just trying to take this one game at a time. It's the OVAC Tournament and I've seen some crazy stuff happen."
Morgantown, the defending state and OVAC Cup champions, will play Brooke at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Wheeling Island Stadium for the trophy.
Tyler Jordan scored the lone goal, coming in the ninth minute.
A bouncing ball in the box couldn't be controlled by either team until Jordan was able to get a foot on it and bury it into the far corner behind Linsly goalkeeper Morgan Brunner.
"The goal was great and we worked all day (Friday) on finishing opportunities," Neal said. "It was a pretty goal, she'll be happy to hear I said that. We were kicking it around and Tyler finished it. We should have had a couple others like that."
Maybe so, but the one was more than enough for the Mohigans (15-0-1).
Morgantown controlled the midfield and Linsly couldn't muster any offense.
The Cadets had one shot, by Gift Chima, in the first half. In the second half, Linsly (11-4-1) barely made it across midfield.
"Morgantown is really strong and we knew that coming in," Linsly coach Erica Hall said. "I think we gave them a tough game and I'm really proud of my girls.
"They are solid from top to bottom and you can pick any section of their team from forwards to midfield to defense. They are good soccer players but our girls gave them a game and I knew they would."