"They're a deep team, a good team, and that's why they're No. 1 in the state. To play No. 1 in the state, you've got to play your best game and I don't feel we did that tonight."
As the Generals offense awoke after an aggressive yet unproductive first half, the Winfield defense shined throughout. Maddox (first half) and Hailey Evans (second half) combined at goal for the Generals' sixth shutout of the season in 10 games.
"Those girls are driven," Hoff said of the Winfield defensive group. "We are really fortunate with all these athletes. I can't preach it enough how they work. That chemistry in that back, they're hard to beat. They read one another's thoughts. It's day-in-and-day-out. They did a good job and I couldn't be prouder of them."
Winfield has not allowed a goal since a 10-1 win at Riverside Sept. 5. This season, the Generals have outscored the opposition 56-4, with no team scoring more than one goal against them.
Sophomore Jordan Pauley scored the game's first goal less than three minutes into the first half, with assist from junior Jayne Lawman.
Winfield's offense continued to threaten throughout the first half, dominating possession, though the Generals struggled to find the back of the nets. Two times in the opening 20 minutes, Winfield shot attempts sailed toward the goal before striking the crossbar and harmlessly bounding away without a follow attempt on goal. Parkersburg goalkeeper Sunni Terosky held strong as well with several stops.
The Generals maintained a slim 1-0 lead at halftime, yet clearly held control of the ball throughout the first half.
Winfield will return to action to play Huntington 5:30 p.m. Thursday, while Parkersburg will play host to Parkersburg South 7:30 p.m. Thursday.