The Generals have some unfinished business at states and are determined to get back to take care of it. Winfield fell last year in the state championship game 1-0 to Morgantown on penalty kicks and lost 1-0 on a last-second goal two years ago it the semis to eventual state champion University.
"It's not left their minds,'' Hoff said. "We walked off the field last year and we set that goal together to make our way back and finish what we almost had. They've really worked hard to achieve what we have now. They're driven and focused for what they're after.''
Winfield's tandem of Emily Cole, who has netted a team-high and Kanawha Valley second-best 30 goals, and Jayne Lawman, who has 27 goals, pace the offense. Katie Bryant has 12 goals to give the Generals plenty of punch. Winfield keeper Faith Burchett has 10 shutouts and her team has yielded just 15 goals.
"We want this match to be better even than the last,'' said Hoff. "It'll take 80 minutes of everything we've got, that's for sure.''
In other regional matchups today on the girls side, No. 15 Wheeling Park plays No. 1 and defending state champion Morgantown, which is No. 22 in the National Soccer Coaches Association fall rankings, in Region 1 and No. 9 Washington squares off with No. 2 Buckhannon-Upshur in Region 2.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.