CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Makinna Winterton admitted she didn't believe it when she was told she was entering Saturday's Class 5 girls soccer state title game with Albemarle's win in hand.
Winterton checked in with the clock winding down and the Patriots 4-1 win over Deep Run all but finished. That was the first time the senior played this season.
"She (head coach Amy Sherrill) called me over and I was just like running and I was so excited and everything," Winterton said. "Then she was like, 'you're going in.' And I was like 'no I'm not. I'm injured.' And she was like yeah, so I went in and I was absolutely speechless."
"I think she was surprised that it was even an opportunity," Sherrill said "but we knew all along we wanted to keep her on the roster just in case and fortunately that came to fruition."
Winterton tore her ACL before the season began and was forced to miss her entire senior season. She was on the field when the final buzzer sounded two years ago as the Patriots won a state championship and was able to celebrate on the field Saturday, closing her career with a win.
"We missed her this year," Sherrill added, "and we were fortunate to get her on the field at the end."
The senior added, to be able to just get on the field for her second state championship, was a moment she will not forget.
"Just to be there with my team on the field in the state championship was so amazing."