Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 13, 2014

'Proud of our girls'

G-Girls run for title ends against defending champs

SALEM, Va. — What was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Graham High School girls soccer team came to an end in the state semifinals as the G-Girls fell to six-time defending state champion George Mason 10-0, Friday morning.

Head coach Hank Furry praised his team for their season-long effort.

“We are proud of our girls,” Furry said. “We are proud that they went down there and represented all the schools that we play out of our conference and we feel really good that we represented Southwest Virginia.

“We are really proud of what we did with a young team. We began the season hoping to go to the state and to get there, now that it has happened twice in the last three years means that our program is on firm ground.”

Furry said it is tough for schools like Graham to compete against the George Masons of Virginia high school girls soccer.

“There’s clearly a difference i the direction that school is able to take, based on the number of girls they have competing to be on that team. We don’t have tryouts and cuts for our team,” Furry commented. “We went out there and played the best we could. They (George Mason) did a really good job of spreading us out and passing. We’re a very, very young team. this team we played today may be better than the George Mason team that beat us a couple of years ago.”

In the other semifinal game Radford loast 3-0 to Maggie Walker. Maggie Walker will meet George Mason for the championship. According to Furry, Walker’s only losses this season were to George Mason. Graham lost three times this year to Radford.

“For us, with Radford losing, it clearly means we’re the fourth best team in Virginia because we we went there,” Furry said. “We’d love to finish first, but finishing fourth out of 30-plus schools is not a bad situation considering where we are. And we have no foundation to support our high school program. It’s a recreational-based soccer program vs. a competitive soccer program, travel soccer that supports those three (George Mason, Maggie Walker, Radford) schools.”

The G-Girls completed the season with a 15-5-1 record.

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