ONA, W.Va. -- A smothering sense of deja vu hung over Cabell Midland High School Thursday night.
Last year, with the Class AAA Region 4 championship games played on the artificial turf of Ripley High School's football field, the Winfield girls and Hurricane boys squeaked out one-goal wins to advance to the State Tournament.
On Thursday, with the Class AAA Region 4 championship games played on the artificial turf of Cabell Midland's football field, the Winfield girls defeated Huntington 1-0 in "Golden Goal" overtime and the Hurricane boys beat Huntington 2-1.
If those similarities are not enough to provide a Halloween-worthy chill, the ending of the girls game would.
In last year's Region 4 title game the Generals' Jayne Lawman drove home the game-winner with just 1:11 remaining.
This year Lawman broke a 0-0 tie with a goal at the 1:34 mark of the first sudden-death overtime period for the 1-0 win.
Winfield will take on Buckhannon-Upshur Nov. 2 in the state tournament semifinals at Cline Field at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex in Beckley.
That concluded a frustrating night for Lawman and the Generals (18-1-2) as they controlled the ball for huge chunks of time over the first 103 minutes and 26 seconds with nothing to show for their efforts.
The Highlanders (11-7-4) often packed as many as nine defenders in the box and seemed content to stop Winfield from scoring while putting minimal effort into attacking.
"That is the way I would have played us if I were them," Winfield Coach Marshall Hoff said. "We were getting frustrated, especially Jayne."
Not surprising, considering the third-ranked Generals hung a 9-1 defeat on the 14th-ranked Highlanders in the season opener over two months ago.
"It gets frustrating when you can't finish it off," Lawman said. "We had shot after shot."