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Park Ousted By Mohigans

Photo by Cody Tomer Wheeling Park’s Brody Wall scans the field during Thursday’s sectional final against Morgantown.

WHEELING — After falling behind 2-1 over the first 12 minutes of action and sitting through an hour lightning delay midway through the first half, Morgantown remained calm and focused.

That mindset paid off as the Mohigans rallied for a 3-2 win over Wheeling Park in Thursday’s W. Va. Class AAA Section One Final at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Caden Carpenter netted his second goal of the game with 9:04 remaining in the game, which proved to be the game-winner on an assist from James Percifield.

“We just capitalized when it was there,” Morgantown coach Sam Snyder said. “Wheeling Park is amazing and they controlled a lot of the game. Our guys just got in the goal when it mattered.

“They bent but didn’t break. This is a character win.”

The heart-breaking loss ends an outstanding campaign for Park.

“That was a great shot,” Park coach Mario Julian said. “He is very skilled and I can see him playing at a high level in college.

“He is left-footed and he really ripped that thing into the corner.”

Percifield knotted the game at 2-2 with 19:34 left in the first half on an assist from Carpenter following a storm that even knocked out the stadium lights.

“Having a reset like that helped us get a new plan going forward,” Percifield said. “I think it benefited us actually.

“It took away their momentum and gave us time to form a plan to get out there and win.”

Snyder agreed.

“I’ve been on the other end of that and it’s like a free timeout,” Snyder said. “Having that reset allowed us to fix what we needed to fix and we made the most of the moment.”

Morgantown jumped on top 1-0 less than 4 minutes into the match as Carpenter received a corner kick from Percifield and headed it into the back of the net.

However, Park’s Tresz McLeod showed off his skills soon after.

McLeod headed home a pass from Alex Canestraro less than 3 minutes later to tie the contest at 1-1.

McLeod added another header from Carlos Raul Zavala Romero at 11:07 to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead before the lightning and rain took over the game.

“We knew there was going to be basically a full game left after that,” Julian said. “We had our chances and it was just a good high school soccer game.”

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