Indeed, it has been a draining year for the Wildcats and it has only gotten worse recently with leading-scorer Laine Roberts being lost for the year with an injured knee.
On Monday, that gutty Wildcats got a good look at one of the state's best and Winfield did not disappoint.
Jayne Lawman registered a hat trick and added an assist while Emily Cole scored twice. Braiden Maddox found the back of the net once and Katie Bryant recorded two assists, rounding out a dominating team effort that kept coming in waves as Hoff substituted often and sometimes up to five players at a time.
The Generals (9-0-1) are ranked No. 3 in this week's Class AAA poll and were fresh off a 1-1 draw against No. 1 Morgantown on Saturday.
Now, staring straight ahead at a Putnam County showdown with No. 2 Hurricane on Saturday, Hoff said he is fairly happy with his team thus far.
"Nitro has good athletes, they field a good team, and to be able to take control - the girls did that and they did a good job," Hoff said. "We're moving right along. We're nowhere near where we need to be yet but we keep edging that way. We've just got to get a little bit better every time we take the field. We're looking forward to this weekend, that's for sure."
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