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Girls soccer: Winfield experience takes over in victory over Catholic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Youth ruled the first half of Thursday night's girls soccer match between Winfield and Charleston Catholic.

Irish freshman Caroline Dundervill took a pass from fellow freshman Peyton Keener and dribbled through traffic before beating Winfield senior keeper Faith Burchett to give Catholic a 1-0 lead at the half.  

Unfortunately for the Irish, experience took over in the final 40 minutes of play as senior laden Winfield rebounded with four unanswered goals in a 4-1 win at Schoenbaum Stadium in Coonskin Park.

Winfield (14-1-2) won its fifth straight, while Catholic (12-5-2) saw its six-match winning streak come to a halt.

"Halftime killed us," Catholic Coach Amy Mullen said. "We started very intimidated but then we calmed down, started playing our game and giving them a hard time.

"In the second half it was the same thing and we just couldn't recover. We weren't ready to play in the second half and they were ready to play. We were glad to one ahead and never got it going again."

Winfield took control of the match early in the second half when senior Emily Cole scored the first of her two goals to tie the score with a little over four minutes off the clock.

Sophomore Jayne Lawman gave the Generals the lead less than two minutes later off an assist by freshman Jordan Pauley.

Pauley, who finished with two assists, scored Winfield's third goal with just over eight minutes gone, before Cole finished out the scoring with 25:47 to play.

Freshman Katherine Bryant also had an assist for the Generals.

I knew coming in it would be tough and when they got one (goal), we go tactically blind," Generals Coach Marshall Hoff said. "We've had it to happen before, so we came over at the half and talked about it. In the second half we were able to settle in and find ourselves.  

"We went out in the second half and knew exactly what we needed to do to settle the game and get back to the things we need to do."

Winfield, the runner-up in the last season's Class AAA state championship match, will finish out its regular season Saturday at Parkersburg South before postseason play begins.

Hoff likes how his team is performing since its last loss, a 4-3 decision at Parkersburg on Sept. 25.

"After our Parkersburg trip where we took on the chin, we sat down and came back to the realization of what we were doing," Hoff said. "A lot of the teams have talent in this state, but we knew when we left that stadium in Beckley last year what we wanted to do and we knew it wouldn't be an easy journey.

"We lost our focus at Parkersburg, but we appreciate each other and understand what we need to do. Going into the postseason, the girls are playing real well and we're still working hard."


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