There was no stopping Winfield's Jayne Lawman or the rest of her teammates Wednesday.
The sophomore scored back-to-back goals 65 seconds apart to send the Generals past George Washington 4-2 in overtime of the Class AAA girls high school state soccer tournament championship game. A crowd of about 600 attended the first all-Kanawha Valley final since the girls tournament began in 1995.
The two teams were scoreless in the first mandatory 10-minute OT period before Lawman struck like lightning in the second 10-minute extra period.
Lawman received a pass at midfield then dribbled into the penalty box and sent a shot past GW sophomore goalie Olivia Miller with 9:20 left. Lawman then gained control of the ball at midfield and dribbled in again for her second goal with 8:15 to go to seal the victory.
"I finally won [the ball] so I was driving and driving,'' said Lawman, who was scoreless until OT."
"They were extremely well-placed shots,'' added Miller. "Winfield capitalized on every opportunity they had.''
The Patriots didn't get any more scoring opportunities the rest of the way. Miller finished with three saves, including a diving stop in regulation.
Freshman M.E. Zulauf and senior Emily Cole each scored goals in the opening half to stake the No. 3 Generals (20-1-2) to a 2-0 lead. No. 6 GW (18-5-1) battled back behind a pair of goals from senior Andrea Breeden to knot the game at 2-all. Breeden, who tallied three goals during the state tournament, missed several weeks with an injury during the regular season.
"We kind of got lax,'' said Cole. "You want it so badly. We worked so hard we knew we could do it. We could have done two more overtimes and still played with the same intensity. We were ready.''