Winfield (17-1-1) and Morgantown (13-1-4) will play the first of the two Class AAA girls semifinal games. The teams entered the postseason as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association rankings. The Generals beat Hurricane for the sectional title and received goals from Mary Lawman, Jayne Lawman and Jordan Pauley to get past Spring Valley for the Region 4 crown.
Morgantown's route to the State Tournament included a sectional championship win against cross-town rival University and another against Parkersburg South in the Region 1 championship game last Thursday at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Both teams played remarkable defense this season. The Mohigans led the state by allowing an average of 0.39 goals against per game, with the Generals right behind them at 0.42. Winfield, on paper, appears to be the more dangerous team on the offense end with an average of 4.79 goals per game compared to 2.72 for Morgantown.
Hoff said getting to the State Tournament is no doubt difficult but becomes more so with a target on your back like the Generals, making their fourth consecutive trip.
"People start to circle you on their schedule, and you want that," Hoff said. "Winfield's always been able to do that and everybody always wants to beat Winfield. After you get to that level that becomes part of what they do. They work toward that. "
Morgantown Coach Ashley Neal could not be reached by phone for this story and did not return a message.
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