GW handled Woodrow fairly easy in the regular-season matchup, posting a 5-0 win Sept. 26 in Beckley. The Patriots sport a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures, led by Sarah Bodnar's 18 goals. And GW has one of the top goalies in the state in Olivia Miller, who has 14 shutouts.
The Winfield girls haven't missed a beat after winning last year's state championship, losing just once this year, and that was a 1-0 setback at No. 2 Morgantown. After falling behind 1-0 for the third straight time this year to Hurricane, the Generals scored the next four goals en route to a 4-2 win in the sectional title game.
The Generals blanked Spring Valley 4-0 Oct. 3 in Winfield. The Generals have myriad offensive weapons in Jayne Lawman (21 goals), who has verbally committed to Marshall, freshman Mary Lawman (19), Jordan Pauley (12) and Mackenzie Pritt (10). Braiden Maddox, who moved to keeper this year, came out of goal and netted two goals against the Redskins in the section final.
The Winfield boys upset defending state champion Hurricane 2-0 for the section crown. It was just the third time this season that the Generals had their starting lineup intact. Winfield tied Huntington 1-1 in the regular season and the Generals lost to the Highlanders 2-1 in the Mountain State Athletic Conference third-place game on an own goal.
Winfield's Steven Taylor, who scored 20-plus goals last season, has 12 in just a handful of games after breaking his collarbone in the season opener and Jesse Richmond has scored 10 times. The Generals have an experienced net minder in Bryce Boggs, who has recorded shutouts in both postseason games.
"It's nice to have everybody back,'' said Winfield coach Mike Foster. "We played most of this year down two or three starters, so it's been pretty hard. We're just trying to pull together.''
In other regional matchups today, No. 5 Parkersburg (17-1-3), last year's state runner-up in the boys division, takes on No. 3 Morgantown (17-3-2) in Region 1 and No. 6 Buckhannon-Upshur (20-2) plays No. 10 Jefferson (16-2-2) in Region 2.
On the girls side, Morgantown (15-1-4) squares off with No. 7 Parkersburg South (13-6-2) in Region 1 and No. 6 Elkins (14-3-3) takes on No. 12 Washington (14-6-2) in Region 2.
The Class AA-A boys and girls regionals get underway Thursday.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.