BECKLEY, W.Va. - Winfield was a marked team all season, but the Generals made their mark on the history books Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Jordan Pauley and junior Jayne Lawman each scored as Winfield won its second consecutive state championship, defeating Washington 2-0 in the Class AAA girls soccer state title game at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex.
The Generals (23-1-1), who finished the regular season No. 1 in the final state coaches association rankings, captured the program's fifth title overall and now have the most in the state since girls soccer was sanctioned by the Secondary School Activities Commission in 1995. Wheeling Park took four straight from 1998-2001 under the one-class system, which split into two in 2008 (AAA and AA-A).
"I always say we're here to play and that's what we did,'' said Winfield senior keeper Braiden Maddox, whose squad was ranked as high as No. 17 nationally this year. "There's a little bit of pressure, but before we get on the field we always pray and so the pressure eases.
"We've had a lot of mental preparation along with physical preparation. You have to play your game and not think about that big target on your back. With how small [our school is], this is definitely a big accomplishment.''
Pauley gave Winfield the lead for good at 1-0 about 10 minutes into the opening half. The Generals didn't do much after that until Lawman put them up 2-0 with her team-high 23rd goal just after halftime. Maddox, a first-year goalie who was moved from the field, made four saves for the shutout.
"They're just well rounded,'' Washington coach Tim Michael said of the Generals. "I would put them up against some college teams. They did make us chase and after a while that takes its toll.''
The Generals also earned redemption along the way, downing No. 2 Morgantown 3-1 in Friday's semifinals to avenge their only loss of the year. Winfield lost at Morgantown 1-0 during the regular season.