On a day when there were three 1-0 championship games it appeared Pauley's first half strike against Washington could be enough to send the Generals to a fifth state title. Lawman added another goal early in the second half but Hoff wouldn't let himself celebrate until the final minutes of the match.
When the final horn sounded Winfield stood alone in several ways - as back-to-back Class AAA state champions and as the most decorated girls soccer program in state history. The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Committee began awarding state championships for girls soccer in 1995. Since then, no other program has more state titles than Winfield's five.
The players had no idea of the historical significance of the win when it was brought up during the interview but said it was an honor to contribute to such a significant achievement.
"That's awesome," Lawman said. "It shows our hard work pays off and I think that's awesome."
For Winfield's seniors, it was the end of a run that saw the Generals qualify for four state tournaments and play in the last three championship games.
"This senior class has made this journey -- 2010, 2011 and right on through," Hoff said. "They finished this with intensity and that's what this program is about. To look and see that, to know they've been here four times, I knew without a doubt there would be no 'what ifs' left with them."
The Generals lose seniors in Maddox, Mackenzie Arthur, Anika Shah, Micharae Thompson, Paige Bannister, Ashleigh Swain, Lauren Prevett and Kalika Ferell but return plenty of talent with Lawman (who was named Mountain State Athletic Conference Player of the Year on Monday), current sophomores Pauley, Kaylee Cross, Kaylyn McKray and M.E. Zulaf along with freshman Mary Lawman.
"We're the best at what we do," Hoff said. "We can run against anything."
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