Now Winfield gets a rematch with No. 2 Morgantown, the only team to hang a loss on it this year, a 1-0 setback. The Mohigans also edged Winfield 1-0 in a shootout in the 2011 title game.
"We've prayed to hope to get to see them in this first round,'' said Winfield coach Marshall Hoff. "We want to see them because that day was a day they caught us a bit out of sorts. There's a lot of emotions there and we look to settle that.''
The Winfield boys are making history, appearing in their first state tournament. The Generals, who ended the regular season with a losing record after only playing with their starting lineup intact twice, blanked defending state champion Hurricane 2-0 in the section title game then shaded Huntington 3-2 in the regional final.
The No. 1 Charleston Catholic boys are looking to continue their championship run by adding a fifth straight title. They're the only team to ever win four straight in any division.
The Fighting Irish looked vulnerable early after plugging some holes, seeing their 64-match unbeaten streak snapped and losing three games, including back-to-back losses for the first time since 2008. Catholic, though, has romped through the postseason, downing Sissonville (4-1) in the section title game and Parkersburg Catholic (5-0) in the regional.
The Sissonville girls finally broke through against Catholic to advance to states. The Indians had lost to the Irish in four meetings in the regionals, but shut out Catholic 2-0 last week. Sissonville lost 2-1 to Grafton in the 2011 state championship game.
"This group of girls has the heart and determination that was different from the previous years,'' said Sissonville longtime coach Ali Sadeghian, whose No. 1 squad is the only undefeated one in AA-A girls.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.