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Spring 2013 Season
Cats Battle Warriors But Come Up Short
Westminster and Whitfield have a history of outstanding soccer matches and Wednesday was no exception. Both teams came out with good energy and grit. The first 12 minutes of the game was spent almost entirely in the neutral zone with solid play by mid-fielders Michael Backs, Bryce Bell, and Ben Huffman. The first offensive opportunity for either team came when Kyle Cline slipped in past the defense but the Whitfield goalie got just enough of his shot to knock it wide. In the last 7-8 minutes of the half Whitfield took control of play mounted pressure on the Cats defense the best of which was a break away by their left forward but his shot sailed just over the crossbar, and the half ended 0-0. The first real threat of the second half went to the Warriors when Cat goalie Bennett Lewis was given a yellow card which resulted in a free kick just outside the box that sailed wide right. Minutes later the Cats had probably their best opportunity of the game when Bell carried into the Warrior defense and fed Caleb Spencer on the right wing breaking in all alone but the Warrior goalie made an aggressive play and came out to cut down the angle and blocked Caleb’s shot. The defensive front of Hoekzema, Seiller, Falkner, and Sutherland continued to hold their ground and Lewis made a great sliding save at the 20 minute mark to preserve the tie, but with 14 minutes left the Cats defense inability to clear a ball resulted in a 2 on 1 break for the Warriors in which they converted into an easy goal. The Cats continued to create offensive opportunities highlighted by a couple of beautiful crosses by Grayson Everhardt into the box but on this day the Cats just couldn’t find the back of the net, and came away with a tough 1-0 loss. Easily the best fundamental game the young Cats have played thus far this season, hopefully a sign of things to come.