HHS earns senior night shutout win
HUNTINGTON — On Senior Night for Huntington High girls soccer it was a freshman’s time to shine Thursday in a 4-0 victory over St. Albans at Scotland Yard.
Huntington High (4-4-2) got two goals and an assist from freshman Claire Burberry en route to the win.
“Claire is a pretty special player,” Huntington head coach Susan McHale said.
For the game’s first 31:17 Huntington High and St. Albans (1-10-0) were locked in a scoreless battle.
At that point Burberry sent a pass to senior Faith Worrell who nudged the shot in for a 1-0 Highlanders lead. Burberry’s first goal came just 43 seconds later when Kira Hayes set her up for a goal that was first announced as being scored by Grace Spears. Huntington High coaches advised the goal was Burberry’s.
Sophie Aya-ay rifled a shot into the net at 38:07 to put the Highlanders up 3-0 before Burberry came through again less than one minute before halftime with an unassisted goal to make it 4-0.
Burberry credited her performance to a change in positions from center midfielder to outside midfielder.
“They tried me there (Wednesday),” Burberry said. “I didn’t think the two goals would go in. I thought the goalkeeper would stop it each time.”
Before the game, seniors Spears, Worrell, Abby Bauer, Bree Damous, and Maddie McClain were recognized in their final year with the program. Worrell replaced Jordan Maynard in goal of an injury.
Maynard was rarely challenged and recorded one save. Worrell made four saves as McHale turned to her younger players for playing time with a comfortable lead.
“We played our seniors as much as possible tonight,” McHale said. “I’m a firm believer in getting the girls playing time and experience whenever possible. Faith was a goalkeeper her freshman year, she’s good in goal, and I think its good we were able to get her some time in goal tonight.”
Worrell combined with Maynard to shut out St. Albans.
The Red Dragons managed five shots on goal including a corner kick in the second half that was saved by Worrell.
Huntington High controlled possession for much of the first half out, shooting St. Albans 7-1, including five shots on the Red Dragons goal.
The Highlanders play again Tuesday at Cabell Midland, the defending Class AAA state champion.