After losing a couple of nail biters in the last two state tournaments, Winfield is ready for another shot.
"This is not the same group," Hoff said. "They are different."
So is the Hurricane boys team that will look for that elusive first state soccer championship again now.
The Redskins will face Hedgesville on Nov. 2 in the state tournament semifinals in Beckley.
The top-ranked Redskins (21-0-1) withstood pressure from the third-ranked Highlanders (16-3-1) in the opening half and trailed 1-0 when Kyle Miller scored on a pass from Jameson McCarthy with 19:30 remaining.
"We were on our heels a lot," Hurricane Coach Jim Dagostine said. "We were in danger from the time we kicked off."
The Highlanders got off seven shots before the Redskins finally managed to get one of their own with 12:57 to go in the opening half.
They finally broke through to tie the game with 9:02 remaining on a goal by Felipe Thompson, the Kanawha Valley's leading scorer.
Thompson picked up the game winner with 27:13 left in the game.
Hurricane then withstood a frantic Huntington attack over the final minutes.
"That was probably the most pressure I have seen this year," Redskins' keeper Tim Hayslett said.
He finished with four saves.