BECKLEY, W.Va. - Winfield gets a shot at history in the Class AAA girls state tournament while George Washington gets a crack at redemption on the boys side.
Freshman Mary Lawman scored twice to send the defending state champion Generals past Morgantown in a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2 Friday night in the girls semifinals at Cline Field at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex in Beckley.
Drew Davis scored a goal two minutes into the opening half and the George Washington defense made it stand up for a 1-0 victory Friday afternoon over No. 10 Jefferson in the boys semis.
"It was a dogfight, man,'' said GW veteran coach Tom Hopper. "It certainly was a very, very difficult game. We had very, very few opportunities and they had even less. I think we just took advantage of the situations.''
In the other boys semifinal, Evan Rhodes' two goals led Parkersburg past Winfield 2-1.
GW (22-0-2), which finished the season No. 1 in the state coaches association rankings and is the only unbeaten team left in AAA, will square off with No. 5 Parkersburg (19-1-3) at 10:30 a.m. today at Cline Field in the title game.
The Big Reds shaded the Patriots 1-0 in last year's semifinals then lost to Hurricane in the championship match. Parkersburg has won six titles, the last in 2009, while GW has take two championships in the last six years (2007 and 2011). The Patriots downed the Big Reds twice this season by 2-1 scores each time.
Top-ranked Winfield (22-1-1) will take on the No. 4 George Washington-No. 12 Washington winner at approximately 12:45 p.m. today in the AAA girls title matchup. GW and Washington were still playing at press time.
Winfield is chasing its fifth state title and is tied at four championships with Wheeling Park, which captured four straight from 1998-2001 during the one-class system. The state tournament was divided into two classes in 2008. Winfield won the first three titles from 1995-1997.
Parkersburg was coached by assistant Don Fosselman Jr., head coach Don Fosselman Sr.'s son, Friday. Fosselman Jr., who now owns a 2-0 record with regional and state semifinal victories this year, filled in for his father, who received two yellow cards in the sectional final and had to sit out the previous two games. Fosselman Sr. will be back for today's championship.
"Coach did a great job getting these guys ready,'' said Fosselman Jr. "He made my job easy. I really feel like our defense was what got us the victory.''
Winfield was making its state tourney debut in AAA boys and had only advanced to regional play once (2004). The Generals overcame injuries to several key players throughout the year, ending the regular season with a losing record, and playing with its starting lineup only four times.
Here's a capsule look at Friday's games: