BECKLEY, W.Va. -- It would be hard to accuse the Winfield girls soccer team of looking too far into the future and not focusing on the task at hand.
Sometimes a team -- especially one as good as the Generals -- can fall into the bad habit of looking ahead on the schedule and not putting the proper preparation into the current obstacle.
Not Winfield. Not this year.
During the interview session following the Generals 2-0 win against Washington in the Class AAA state championship game Saturday a member of the media asked the group -- players Jordan Pauley, Braiden Maddox and Jayne Lawman along with Coach Marshall Hoff -- what they would do for an encore.
There were several ways the honest question could have been answered, but the players showed just how sharp that focus was on the present and gave an honest answer.
"We're going to Hibachi," Maddox said to send the room into a fit of laughter.
The task at hand after the game was a nice meal at a Japanese steakhouse, but all season it was to return to Beckley and be the final team standing at the State Tournament.
There were tests along the way -- against George Washington (a state semifinalist), a trio of matches against Putnam County rival Hurricane, the lone loss of the season against Morgantown and a rematch with the Mohigans in the semifinals -- but Hoff said at no point did he ever think his team would not be the one to lift the trophy at the end of the season.
"You come into every season, I believe every good coach does, you don't set to run the race for anything less than the prize. People ask me, 'Do you see yourself being here today,'" Hoff said. "With this group of young ladies that have made this journey there was no doubt."