Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

CHRISTIAN'S SPORTS BEAT ; Hard Work Pays off for Pair of Area Soccer Teams

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

CHRISTIAN'S SPORTS BEAT ; Hard Work Pays off for Pair of Area Soccer Teams

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To win one state championship is pretty tough, but to win two or four can be incredibly difficult. That's exactly what two Kanawha Valley girls high school soccer teams did in this year's state soccer tournament held at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex in Beckley.

Earlier this month, I watched the Charleston Catholic High Irish girls capture the AA-A championship for the second straight year and the Winfield Generals High girls bring home their fourth consecutive AAA crown.

After the Irish dominated the Weir Red Riders 9-1 in a game that was basically over at the half, with Charleston Catholic shutting out Weir 5-0, I spoke with Irish head coach Amy Mullen on the field while her team celebrated behind her to describe taking first place.

"I can't really put it into words. All of these girls have worked very hard; it doesn't get any better than this, she said.

Charleston Catholic's nine goals set a state tournament record for most goals scored in a state championship game, boys or girls.

After losing to Parkersburg in the conference championship two weeks prior, Winfield got a shot at revenge by taking care of the Big Red 3-1 in a hard-fought contest by both squads.

I caught up with the winning coach of the Generals, Marshall Hoff, at his bench at the game's end and got him to describe winning the championship for the fourth straight season: "I think each time, it is priceless. Anytime you are in pursuit of a prize of this nature and you succeed, you remember for a long, long time. The girls played hard and deserved the victory over a very good Parkersburg squad.

Winfield became only the third team in any class, boys or girls, to win four in a row, matching the Charleston Catholic boys (2009- 2012) and Wheeling Park girls (1998-2001). If Winfield continues the streak next season, they would be the first team to ever win five titles in a row.

The leader on the field for the Generals, senior midfielder Jordan Pauley, who scored the game's second goal, has been a part of the four straight titles. …

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