ONA - Winfield's Jayne Lawman finally vented her frustration Thursday evening.
Lawman scored a goal with 1:34 left in the first five-minute sudden-death overtime period to send the Generals past Huntington 1-0 and into the state girls soccer tournament. A crowd of about 300 attended the Class AAA Region 4 final at Cabell Midland High School.
Winfield (18-1-2), which finished fourth in the final state coaches association rankings, will take on the Washington/Buckhannon-Upshur winner Nov. 2 in the state tournament semifinals at Cline Field at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex in Beckley. The Generals defeated the No. 14 Highlanders (11-7-4) 9-1 during their regular-season meeting in August.
Thursday's win was Winfield's third in a row in regionals over Huntington.
"It was just really frustrating,'' said Lawman, whose team only managed seven shots on goal because the Highlanders packed nine of their players on Winfield's side of the field the entire game. "The coaches kept encouraging us every time we had to come off the field. You just get aggravated with yourself. We never really gave up.''
So many times in the last several years Winfield has lost these types of games. The Generals lost last year in the state championship game 1-0 to Morganton on penalty kicks and 1-0 on a last-second goal two years ago in the semis to eventual state champ University.
"It feels amazing,'' Lawman said. "We really worked hard to get [to the state tournament] this year. Just like all your hard work has paid off.''
After 80 minutes of regulation and a pair of 10-minute mandatory OT periods Thursday against Huntington, Lawman came through for Winfield.
Katie Bryant's kick for the Generals deflected off a Huntington defender came right to Lawman about 25 yards out.
In one motion Lawman sent a bullet past Huntington keeper Ericka Budd and into the lower right corner of the goal. Lawman was immediately embraced by teammates and then the whole team ran and mobbed her. Budd finished with six saves.