"She was probably the most frustrated one sitting there in the first five minutes,'' said Winfield coach Marshall Hoff of Lawman. "I said, 'Look, you've got to play through it. You've got to find another gear right now.'''
Winfield goalie Faith Burchett didn't face a shot and only had to pick up the ball once.
"We've had that happen quite a few times,'' Hoff said of Huntington packing in its defense.
"It's a good tactic because you frustrate teams and players and they were getting frustrated. [Huntington coach Paul Farrell] doesn't just do it to pack it. He has talent to go with it. We've faced that team and figured nothing less. We caught them off guard during the season.''
Huntington only managed a couple of scoring counterattacks the whole game.
"I'm so proud of them,'' Huntington's Farrell said of his players. "It was a giant task to take on a great team like Winfield. What we decided to do is do what we do best, play a good strong defense and try to catch them on a counterattack and if not take them late to overtime.
"The ball just didn't bounce our way. It's a long way from the opening game of the season. We've gotten bigger, better and stronger. We're catching up to Winfield, but we're not there yet.''
Micahrae Thompson's shot was the only other real threat Winfield had during the game, forcing Huntington keeper Ericka Budd to extend her hands over her head to make the save with about 18 minutes left in regulation. Winfield then was awarded an indirect kick from about 26 yards after a foul on Huntington, but the Generals' Jayne Lawman sent it over the goal.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.