The first round of penalty kicks ended in a 2-2 tie. The teams were scoreless during regulation until Abby Watson put Hurricane in front on an unassisted goal with 7:28 left in the game for a 1-0 lead.
The junior dribbled about 40 yards, outracing the Winfield defenders into the penalty box, then used a slight change of direction before depositing the ball over the right shoulder of Evans, who finished with one save in regulation.
The Generals answered less than a minute later on freshman Mary Lawman's unassisted goal to tie it up at 1-1 with 6:20 left. Jordan Pauley's corner kick went through Thompson's hands and Lawman was there to knock the ball into the net with her chest and shoulders. The teams were scoreless the rest of the way until the shootout. Thompson turned in seven saves in the 100 minutes of regulation.
"I knew we had something to fix after the first game,'' said Hurricane coach Shelly Young, whose squad's only loss has been to Winfield.
"It's been constant conversations and constant work in practice and the girls definitely fixed the things they needed to fix. They played much better than they did in the first match. This is a great practice to figure out what we're going to do at sectionals.''
Winfield bounced back nicely after losing its first game last weekend, a 1-0 setback at No. 2 Morgantown. There is also a good chance in two weeks that the Generals and Redskins will meet up again in the sectional championship game, with the winner advancing to regionals.
"We're really happy and exited to see what's going to happen the rest of the season,'' Arthur said.
"Now we just need to focus on the next few games and what we have ahead of us. We think we're in a good position. We need to keep our heads on because it can be taken away at any time.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.