CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Winfield forward Preston Sheldon was a scoring machine last season, tallying 19 goals, fourth best in the area.
Sheldon's emergence offensively propelled the Generals to a 13-6-2 record and top 10 ranking after a mediocre 8-9-3 record in 2010.
Expectations were much higher for Winfield coming into this season after Sheldon exploded onto the scene, but along with that came a much bigger bullseye from the opposition on the senior offensive playmaker.
With the fact that no other Winfield player scored double-digit goals last year, one would figure someone else would need to step up this season if the Generals were to maintain the momentum of their turnaround.
Enter sophomore Steven Taylor.
Just like Sheldon did last year, Taylor has emerged seemingly out of nowhere to provide Winfield a solid one-two punch, thus giving opponents much more to think about.
The pair was on full display in Winfield's biggest win of the season Thursday as Taylor scored two goals and Sheldon added one in the Generals' dominant 4-0 home victory over the defending Class AAA state champion George Washington (4-2-1).
"This is probably the first time we have beat GW since '07 or '08," Winfield Coach Mike Foster said. "It's a huge win for us. GW always has a fine club and are well-coached."
Class AAA No. 5 Winfield improves to 6-1, while No. 8 GW drops to 4-2-1 on the season.
The Generals' only loss came Tuesday night, when they dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 1 Hurricane.
Taylor has been instrumental in the rise of the Winfield program. After only scoring one goal his freshman year, he has made a huge jump into as a sophomore, tallying a team-high eight goals.