Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP BOYS SOCCER ; Potent Offensive Attack Leads Undefeated Winfield

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP BOYS SOCCER ; Potent Offensive Attack Leads Undefeated Winfield

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Though Winfield dipped from Class AAA to Class AA-A this season, its boys soccer schedule didn't take as big a hit. The Generals kept every Mountain State Athletic Conference team on its slate with the exception of Hurricane and Woodrow Wilson. So the fact that Winfield stands at 16-0-2 after a 1-1 tie with George Washington on Tuesday night in Winfield shouldn't be viewed as a direct product of lesser competition.

How Winfield has won those games has been perhaps even more impressive. The Generals bludgeon opponents with an all-out offensive attack that has produced 118 goals in 18 games this season, an average of 6.55 per game.

Generals coach Mike Foster said that despite some lopsided scores, including five games in double figures, it has been a byproduct of the team's strategy and attack and not an attempt to pad stats.

"A lot of those games that had high scores, we only played our varsity 30 minutes out of 80 minutes, Foster said. We played our second string and even our third string. Some of those games we played 33 players. Some we played 36. So, it's not like we're trying to run up the scores, but it's an offensive system and there's no backing off. We're trying to score and that's what it's based on, to move forward and score. We're not a defensive unit.

Spearheading that ferocious offense is a three-headed monster of forwards with senior Chase McVey (26 goals, 16 assists), senior Dougie Harding (25 goals, 18 assists) and sophomore Hayden O'Dell (21 goals, 18 assists) all having statistically strong years.

But the Generals' goal-scoring prowess doesn't end with those three. It is that balance that has made Winfield so unstoppable.

"We put up a lot of numbers, but the thing is, if you cover Hayden or double up on him, Chase and Dougie in the middle have 20- some goals apiece, Foster said. "If you double on them and leave Vlad [Johns] open, he'll put it in the back of the net. …

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