CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Winfield's hard work and resolve paid off last year.
The Generals won two overtime games en route to the Class AAA girls soccer state championship after several crushing defeats the two previous seasons.
Winfield defeated George Washington 4-2 in OT to capture its first title since winning the inaugural three state championships from 1995-97.
Winfield lost 1-0 in a penalty-kick shootout to Morgantown in the 2011 title game and fell 1-0 to eventual state champion University in 2010 in the semis on a last-second goal.
Winfield doesn't seem to be slowing down.
"These girls are driven,'' said Generals coach Marshall Hoff. "We said early on that we'll set our sights for nothing less [than a repeat].''
The Generals remain loaded with junior Jayne Lawman, who was one of only three players to score more than 30 goals in the Kanawha Valley last season with 31 in earning AAA first-team all-state honors, and sophomore Katie Bryant, who notched 13 goals as a freshman.
Seniors Makenzie Arthur, Braiden Madox, who will take over as goalkeeper, Micharae Thompson and Paige Bannister; junior Josee Erlandson and sophomores Kalyn McCray, M.E. Zulauf, Kaylee Cross, Jordan Pauley and Mackenzie Pritt form a solid group.
Senior Lauren Prevett, a transfer from Greenbrier East, and Mary Lawman, Jayne's younger sister, along with eight other freshmen provide a deep bench.
"It's a program now,'' Hoff said. "These kids come ready. You build that intensity. They're battling each other every day.''
Here's a capsule look at the rest of the schools in the Valley in alphabetical order with last year's records in parentheses:
Seniors Annie Crockett (keeper), Sarah Joseck (sweeper), Briana Ross (defender), Anna Whelan (defender), Quincy McKown (midfielder) and Katie Pulliam (forward) hope to take care of some unfinished business.