HURRICANE - Loran Meadows was hoping for another opportunity Tuesday night and, luckily for Hurricane, he was ready this time.
The sophomore headed a bouncing ball through the penalty-box area into the net with less than six minutes to go to send the host Redskins past Winfield 1-0 in a battle of undefeated state-ranked squads. A crowd of about 150 attended the Class AAA intra-county rivalry that was physical from the start.
The Redskins (6-0), who were No. 1 in this week's inaugural state coaches association rankings, had been on the Generals' doorstep all game but had nothing to show for it with time slipping away.
Hurricane finally seized the momentum when senior Brazil exchange student Rodrigo Bevaqua sent a free kick bounding near the right goal post. After the ball took a big bounce, Meadows was there to put it away with the flick of his head with 5:56 left.
"Since I missed the early goal I thought it was my chance,'' said the 6-foot-3 Meadows. "I knew it was my time to score.
"I saw the goalie coming out and I had to hit it before he got the ball. Just any part of my body to get it in the goal. It feels great. A good win. Winfield definitely gave us a run.''
No. 5 Winfield (5-1) didn't put together any scoring chances after Meadows' tally as the Redskins did a good job of keeping the ball away from the Generals, who only put three shots on goal.
"It could have went either way,'' said Hurricane coach Jim Dagostine. "That game was in the balance. I'll give my guys credit. They hung in there. It was just a matter of one of the teams finding a way to stick one in there. We were happy to get out of there with one.''
Hurricane junior keeper Brady Lawman made three saves while Winfield junior goalie Bryce Boggs turned in six stops.