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Sectional wall again too tall for Westview

Sectional wall again too tall for Westview

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 12:02 pm

By RANDY CAVIN
Special to The Press
The Westview Lady Chargers soccer team’s season come to an end in Saturday’s sectional match against the Madison Lady Mustangs with 5-0 score.
It was the second time since 2009 Westview faced Madison (17-3) in the sectionals and the third year in a row in the sectionals for the Lady Chargers. For Westview head coach Matt Cupples, it was his second trip in a row to the sectionals.
“This is two years in a row we got to substate and watch another team celebrate going to the state tournament. This was tough,” he said.
Last season, it was an undefeated McNairy Central that kept the Lady Chargers from making it to the state tournament.
Westview had trouble finding shots throughout the first period against a quick and very athletic Madison team. The Lady Chargers were held to only two shots on goal in the first period. Madison had 10 shots on goal, scoring three times in the opening period.
Makenzie Vincent made four saves in the first period along with Katelyn Luthi picking up two blocked shots.
Madison’s Abby Bailey scored her first of two goals in the game at the 25:38 mark in the first period. Hannah Borntrager scored the second goal on a rebound off of a Vincent save with 5:12 to play. Amber Elmore made it 3-0 on her goal just under the three-minute mark in the first period.
Madison’s depth proved to be too much for Westview in the second as they were able to keep rotating fresh players in the game and caused the Lady Chargers to wear down in the half.
Westview held its own and played better defense in the second period, only allowing the Lady Mustangs six shots on goal. Madison played keep-away from Westview in the second period, controlling the ball and only allowing two shots on goal.
“In the second half, we played a lot better than we did in the first half. If you give a team like Madison golden opportunities to shoot at the goal, they are going to make some. Our numbers are not as good as Madison and they have a whole other team, really, if they wanted to play them,” Cupples said.
In the second period, Bailey scored her second goal from a rebound shot with 33 minutes to go in the game. Rebekah Guthrie followed that shot with the final goal of the game with 27 minutes left.
That left Westview plenty of time to score, but by that time the Lady Chargers were wearing down and had trouble keeping the ball away from the Lady Mustangs.
For the game, Vincent made seven saves on goal as she did what she could with Madison’s consistent presence in front of the goal.
Kayla Guthrie had two shots on for the game. Melissa Darroch and Georgia Brown each had one shot on goal in the game.
The Lady Chargers finish the season 16-4, and Cupples is hopeful the team will continue to improve from this season.
“We have 16 wins and not a lot of teams can say that. So we can build off of this,” Cupples said.
It was the final game for the three Lady Chargers — Darroch, Kelsey Hauhe and Regan Ward. If all of the juniors come back to play next season, the Lady Chargers will be stocked with six seniors and seven juniors, giving Cupples a very experienced team for 2012 and high expectations of making it back to the sectionals.
“One good thing is we only have three seniors. We have a young team this year, but maybe next year we can come back and actually get to the state. We’ll see how it goes. We will give it a try next year,” Cupples said. Published in The WCP 11.1.11

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