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Hot Milan ends WHS soccer season

Hot Milan ends WHS soccer season
Hot Milan ends WHS soccer season | Westview Chargers soccer, Adam Reinhard, Milan Bulldogs, Rick Moody, Will Brasher, Region 7 A-AA Tournament, Abraham Haddad

Up in the air — Westview’s Adam Reinhard (center) chases the ball between Milan’s (from left) Rick Moody and Will Brasher in the Chargers’ 3-2 tournament loss. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
The Milan Bulldogs continued their upset run in the Region 7 A-AA soccer tourney by ousting Westview’s Chargers, 3-2, on Thursday night in Dyersburg.
“When you get this far and you roll the ball out there, anything can happen. When you’ve got a good goalkeeper like they (Milan) do, you’ve got a shot,” Westview head coach Dan Scates said of Milan’s veteran keeper Rick Moody.
Milan, the third seed in the East half of the region, upset Crockett County, the No. 2 seed from the West, 3-2 in OT in the quarterfinals.
Scates’ Chargers (12-2-1), the top seed in the East and playing in their 15th consecutive region semi, took the first lead on an unassisted goal by Adam Reinhard in the 23rd minute
Just three minutes later, Milan forged a 1-all tie on a Taylor Crooks penalty kick.
After the intermission, Westview’s Abraham Haddad headed in a corner kick by Reinhard for a 2-1 lead at the 54-minute mark.
Again, the Bulldogs didn’t wait too long to respond. Kunal Patel headed in a goal off a crossing pass in the 58th minute.
The winning goal was scored two minutes later when WHS keeper Scout Edwards didn’t control a shot and Milan’s Chris Bledsoe headed in the winner off the carom.
Westview scrambled to get the equalizer, but never got another shot by Moody.
The game was the final one for WHS seniors Will Sliger, Josh Johnson, Zach Ward, Cayce Ross and Chase Manley.
“This is probably the most enjoyable team I’ve had to coach in 10 years,” Scates said. “They did whatever was asked of them. They sacrificed and worked hard.”

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