"That was one of the best games we've ever played," Taylor said. "It was amazing."
Winfield is much more than a one-man team. Juniors Jesse Richmond (10 goals, seven assists) and Nathan Keefe (four goals, four assists) each had assists in the Region 4 championship game and are joined by seniors Ronnie Beale (five goals, five assists) and Hunter Sheldon (three goals, four assists) as players the Generals lean on to lead.
Keefe's assist came on the corner, Richmond's on the game-winner with 2 minutes to play. Taylor said it was the team's mindset that carried them late in the game against Huntington and it is that mindset, perhaps, that will prove vital in Beckley this weekend.
"We had the mindset (that it was a 0-0 game) when it was 1-0 at halftime," he said. "We could not let up any, and had to come out with the same intensity. We had to have the same mindset to comeback and we did it in the last couple of minutes."
Winfeld and Parkersburg (18-2-2) met once during the regular season, with the Mountain State Athletic Conference runner-up Big Reds taking a 4-0 win on Sept. 19 in Parkersburg. That was a very different Winfield team than the one that is two wins from a state championship.
"It's been a long season," Foster said. "We didn't have a winning regular season and we've had a lot of people injured. We're just starting to put it back together. Steven's played only a handful of games because he had a broken collarbone at the beginning of the season. We're glad to have him back. He's still not 100 percent but he's nice to have back. We still got a couple others that aren't 100 percent but we're starting to put it together."
Winfeld and Parkersburg open the Class AAA portion of the tournament at 10 a.m. Friday at the Beckley YMCA Soccer Complex's Cline Field.