WINFIELD - Josee Erlandson and her Winfield teammates know that every time they step on the pitch, their opponent will never outwork them.
The Generals put in another workaday effort Tuesday evening with three goals in the final 12 minutes, 30 seconds in turning a nail-biter into a 3-0 runaway victory over George Washington.
A crowd of about 300 attended the matchup of last year's Class AAA state championship game in which Winfield defeated GW 4-2 in overtime.
"We weight lift on Sundays and just run every day,'' said Erlandson. "We do pushups. We condition all over the place.''
Erlandson gave the Generals (6-0) the lead for good with an unassisted goal with 12:30 left in the second half. After Patriots keeper Olivia Miller, who finished with eight stops, deflected a shot, Erlandson was there to clean it up for a 1-0 advantage.
"That got us pumped up,'' said Erlandson, who netted her second goal of the season and has been substituting for starter Katie Bryant, who is nursing a concussion.
Less than a minute later, Winfield took advantage of a GW error on a handball in the penalty-box area. Jayne Lawman converted the penalty kick in the upper-left corner of the net for a 2-0 edge at the 11:46 mark.
Mackenzie Pritt closed out the scoring for the Generals on an assist from Erlandson, whose shot went off the crossbar, with 1:51 remaining.
"We start the season with that level [of conditioning],'' said Winfield coach Marshall Hoff, whose assistant is David Bailey, the girls track coach.