Winfield captured its first title since winning the first three from 1995-97. It was Winfield's second OT game of the postseason, following a 1-0 win over Huntington on Lawman's goal in the first five-minute sudden-death period.
Winfield has had crushing defeats the past two years at states, losing 1-0 in a penalty-kick shootout to Morgantown in last year's title game and falling 1-0 to eventual state champion University two years ago in the semis on a last-second goal.
"It's been a long road,'' said Winfield senior keeper Faith Burchett, who finished with four saves. "We definitely deserve this. I'm proud of every single girl, all 31 of our teammates. I'm really glad that I can say my team is the best team in the state now.''
"We set a goal almost a year ago to get back here and finish it,'' added Winfield coach Marshall Hoff. "It takes a lot of dedication and a lot of drive. It takes a special bunch to do that. You can't do it without the discipline and the days that seemed like would never end.''
GW upset defending state champion and No. 1 Morgantown 2-1 in OT during Tuesday's semifinals. The Patriots are still seeking their first championship in spite of nine trips to states. It was their third runner-up finish to go with losses in 1999 and 2010.
"I'm very proud of our girls,'' said GW first-year coach Derek Ragle. "They could have just quit. They responded to the challenge.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.