CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It could have been easy for the Winfield boys soccer team to be a little unfocused at home against Nitro on Monday night.
Despite playing the much-improved Wildcats, the next game the Class AAA No. 2 Generals play will be the biggest of their season.
Winfield plays in the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship against rival Hurricane, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, on Saturday.
The Generals (12-1-2), though, had their minds in the right place, scoring a goal in each half, both by sophomore Steven Taylor, to earn a 2-0 victory over Nitro.
"We weren't looking past this game," Winfield Coach Mike Foster said. "I told the guys if we didn't play our best game, we would lose tonight. Nitro is a good, quality club. They have played everybody tough all year and are very well coached."
"We got to take every team serious," Taylor said of the Wildcats. "They aren't a bad team at all, we knew that. We were pumped up. We just had to try and take it to them like every other team we played."
With four regular-season games remaining, the Wildcats (9-7) have more victories in 2012 than they have had in the previous four seasons.
Now, Winfield can turn its attention to Hurricane. The two teams square off for the MSAC title at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex.
Hurricane (15-0-0) won the only meeting between the two teams with a 1-0 home victory on Sept. 4.
"We had a tight game with Hurricane before," Foster said. "They beat us 1-0 and scored in the last six minutes. It's a big game. They have a quality club. We will go up there, go at them and see how it works out.
Taylor, who leads Winfield with 20 goals on the season after only scoring one last year, knows what is at stake.
"It's big, Hurricane, Winfield," Taylor said. "It's a big rivalry and it's going to be a great game. Everybody is going to have to play the top they can play to beat that team. They are a very good team."
No matter what happens Saturday and the rest of the season, Foster knows what a solid season it has been for his Generals.
"We are having a great season," Foster said. "It's our first year in the MSAC and to be able to go up there and play for the championship is a credit to how hard these young men have worked. I can't say enough about them. They deserve what they have got."