POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. - After watching the Winfield boys team pull off a minor upset in the first match of the evening, the Class AAA No. 1 Generals girls squad seemed bound and determined not to let a major upset take place.
Freshman Mary Lawman scored on an assist from Katie Bryant just 1:06 into the second half to break a scoreless tie and the Generals were off and running, tacking on two more goals in a 3-0 win over Spring Valley in the Class AAA Region 4 championship game Tuesday night at Point Pleasant High School.
The win gave the Generals (21-1-1) their fourth consecutive regional championship and appearance in the state tournament.
No. 9 Spring Valley made Winfield earn it, withstanding 11 shots in the first half to keep the Generals off the board.
Winfield coach Marshall Hoff said his team showed a lot of heart in turning the tide in the second half.
"This time of year, that will to win can pull a game off. There's been good teams go home many times," Hoff said. "To be able to grab this plaque for the fourth time . . . we had to realize what was on the line. Nothing is going to be handed to you.
"What an amazing thing. To hold that plaque and understand what it took to get that and coming together for that four times in a row - you better believe it, that's an amazing thing."
Even after Lawman's breakthrough goal, Spring Valley (17-6) hung tough and traded possessions with the defending state champions until a handball call in the box gave the Generals a penalty kick. Jayne Lawman made good on that opportunity with 15:31 left to give Winfield a commanding 2-0 lead.