CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Winfield and George Washington girls soccer teams have plenty of motivation going into today's Secondary School Activities Commission State High School Soccer Tournament.
The sixth-ranked Patriots (17-4-1) have made more State Tournament appearances (9) than any other team that has not won a title.
The third-ranked Generals will be making their eighth appearance and won the first three with the last being 15 years ago. The last two years they have come heartbreakingly close.
Winfield (18-1-2) lost on a goal with 17 seconds remaining in the 2010 semifinals and then fell in a shootout in the 2011 final.
The Generals face second-ranked Buckhannon-Upshur (22-1-0) at 10 a.m. today at Coonskin Park's Schoenbaum Stadium.
"They are a real attacking team," Winfield Coach Marshall Hoff said. "We got to see them early on and they are very well coached."
The Buccaneers have outscored opponents 138-12 this season and lead the state with an average of six per game.
Emily Godwin leads them with 32 goals and 30 assists, Brooklyn Waddell with 31 goals and 18 assists, and Hannah Stankus who has 31 goals and 14 assists.
Godwin and Waddell are among 11 seniors who have fashioned a 71-11-3 record over their prep careers.
Freshman Taylor Starkey contributed 14 goals and 12 assists while keeper Kelsey Hinzman has recorded 15 shutouts so far.
Buckhannon-Upshur is coached by veteran Tom Hasbrouck, who started the boys program at the school in 1985 and coached it through 2008. His teams won three state championships along the way.
Hasbrouck has been head coach of the girls team for the past eight seasons.
"He's a Hall of Famer as far as high school coaches," Hoff said. "You attach some talent to that and you have a force to be reckoned with."
This will be the Bucs first trip to the State Tournament since they lost in the final in 1995.
They are on a 21-game winning streak after losing 3-1 to Morgantown in the second game of the season.
Winfield is led by senior Emily Cole with 30 goals and sophomore Jayne Lawman with 28 goals and 12 assists. Freshman Katie Bryant has contributed 12 goals and 11 assists.