Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 10, 2014

Graham faces 'tall task' in girls soccer semifinals on Friday

BLUEFIELD — If the Graham High girls soccer team is to advance past a powerhouse team in Friday’s state semifinal match, the G-Girls will have to play “high-risk, high-reward” soccer.

That’s the attitude of head coach Hank Furry as Graham (13-4-1) prepares to meet George Mason High School (22-0) in the Group 2A semifinals in Salem. The Mustangs have won six straight VHSL state girls soccer championships.

“It’s going to be a tall task, playing a six-time defending state champion,” Furry said on Tuesday. “But we’re not worrying about other teams and the kind of soccer they play.”

“We’re going to have to play high-risk, high-reward soccer. We’re going to have to take chances ... from the time the whistle blows.”

“We need to be smart with what we do with the ball and try not to turn it over,” he said. “We need to force the action and not be caught standing back. ... We’re one win away from the state championship game. We have to go with the attitude of playing as hard as we can and as smart as we can.”

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