"Hopefully we'll be able to put it together,'' said Fox. "Whoever we play in the state tournament, they're good teams so we've got to play better to get good results.''
Catholic upset AA-A No. 1 Sissonville 2-1 on penalty kicks in the girls regionals to get back to states a year after not making it out of sectional play. The previous three seasons the Irish were state champs.
"We're pretty good,'' said Catholic first-year coach Amy Mullen, who starts five freshmen. "We play hard when we play a hard team. We've played several games with triple-A teams, and at times we were winning the game and we just couldn't finish the 80 minutes. As we grow, they'll just get stronger and stronger.''
GW's girls bounced back in the AAA regionals and showed some mettle, defeating Princeton 1-0 after losing 2-0 to the Tigers in the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship game a few weeks earlier. The Patriots were also without starter Bailey Rhodes, who was nursing an injured ankle.
Winfield hopes luck is finally on its side after Jayne Lawman scored a goal in the first five-minute sudden-death overtime period to dispatch Huntington 1-0 in the AAA regionals.
The Generals fell last year to Morgantown 1-0 on penalty kicks in the AAA state title game, and the year before lost to eventual state champion University 1-0 in the semis on a last-second goal.
Winfield coach Marshall Hoff made his players watch Morgantown players accept their individual plaques and championship trophy last year.
"[Secondary School Activities Commission assistant executive director] Butch Powell said that's the first time a team has stayed when the other team had gotten their awards,'' Hoff said.
"I said, 'I don't want [our players] to forget a second. The smell or that feeling because that's the only way we're going to get back.'''
Let the games begin.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.