WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Thursday evening was the coldest of the high school soccer season, but it wasn't enough to cool down defending girls state champion Winfield.
The top-ranked Generals scored a goal in each half to slip past St. Albans, 2-0, in a Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 matchup at Winfield High School.
Winfield (18-1-1) advances to host intra-county rival Hurricane at noon Saturday in the sectional title game. St. Albans, which had entered the contest with three wins in its last four matches, saw its season end at 8-11-2.
The Generals defeated the Red Dragons 5-0 in the regular season, and had beaten Hurricane twice, by scores of 3-1 and 2-1, the latest on penalty kicks.
"The girls played well but we could have been a little more precise about a lot of things," Winfield Coach Marshall Hoff said. "We were a little body on the touches there, but they played us well and they played us hard.
"St. Albans is a good team, with good athletes and at this time of the year you take nothing for granted."
Winfield outshot the Red Dragons 11-0, with SA sophomore keeper Megan Russell collecting eight saves.
The Generals opened the scoring in the first half when Jayne Lawman slipped a shot past Russell with 18:21 remaining in the half.
Winfield ended the evening's offensive highlights with an early second half goal by Katie Bryant. Both goals were unassisted.