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Spring 2013 Season
Rams trip up Cats
On Thursday the Wildcats traveled to nearby MICDS for an ABC League match that also had huge District 3 implications. Referred to as the District of Death, the district has the top three ranked small schools in it. Priory is currently #1, while the Wildcats hold the #2 position, followed by the Duchesne Pioneers at #3. Also included in the district are MICDS, Ladue, #10 ranked Kennedy and St. Charles. With a win at MICDS, the Wildcats would have a legitimate claim to be the top seed in the district. Westminster opened strong with some crisp passing and good ball movement. In just the fourth minute sophomore Connor Hunsicker beat a defender on the end line and sent a ball across the face of the goal. Forward Jimmy Munson was racing towards the goal, but he got in too deep and the pass was just behind him. Senior Jared Camp followed up the play and ripped a shot over the top of the bar. Westminster controlled the pace of play for the first ten minutes. They spread the field and showed good patience as they worked the ball from one side of the field to the other. MICDS came on strong for the next ten minutes and had the better play. In the 23rd minute following a Westminster corner the ball came out to Camp at the left back position. Camp beat one defender and delivered a great ball to the back post that was just out of the reach of freshman winger Jake Appelbaum. MICDS was on the attack moments later as they won a free kick in the midfield. The Rams player served a beautiful ball into the box where the Rams’ best player, Paul Clithero, struck a solid header that Wildcat goalkeeper Sang-Jin Im caught down low. Westminster had a few opportunities to score, but could not convert on any of them. The half ended 0-0 with most of the play in the midfield area. The Wildcats put junior Sean Griffin in goal for the second half and he came up with a big save early. Westminster started the half weakly and the Rams took advantage. In the 42nd minute the Rams’ Clithero sent a ball through for a partial breakaway. Griffin came off his line and made a great sliding stop, deflecting the ball out for a corner. Westminster earned a free kick deep in the right corner a few minutes later. Hunsicker served the ball into the box where it just eluded Michael Shapleigh as he dove for it. The ball bounced around in the box before Hunsicker hit a shot wide. MICDS took the lead in the 46th minute after the Westminster defense lost possession. Clithero took the ball through three Wildcat defenders and ripped a shot past Griffin in the lower corner. Westminster equalized just five minutes later as a Ram defender made a poor pass in the midfield. Sophomore Jake Grimes, who had been moved up to forward from his center back spot, stole the ball and went in on a breakaway. With an MICDS player tackling him from behind, Grimes managed to get off a shot that beat the Rams’ keeper. In the 58th minute the Wildcats were on the attack again. Shapleigh worked the ball up to Grimes, who then sent the ball out to the right wing for Jessiah Chard. His shot never made its way to the goal as the Rams defense shut him down. In the 61st minute MICDS regained the lead following a free kick. The ball was delivered to the back post where an unmarked Ram player hit a solid header on goal to Griffin’s right. It appeared that Griffin slipped as he dove for the ball and he was able to knock the shot down, but could not control the rebound. A Ram player was there to knock it in putting MICDS up 2-1. The Rams were attacking again in the 62nd minute as a Ram player came in on the right side. Senior Brian Keffer was able to break up the play and clear the ball. The Rams played a great corner in the 63rd minute sending the ball low to the near side at the eighteen where Clithero ripped a shot at goal. Griffin made a spectacular diving save to his right and pounced on the rebound. Westminster had a great chance in the 73rd minute as the ball caromed off of several players deep in the Rams’ penalty box. Eventually, Michael Evetts hit a shot that would have gone in, but a Ram defender was on the goal line to clear. Westminster put on a lot of pressure late in the game, but was not able to break through for a tying goal. The game ended 2-1 with the Rams on top as they outworked the Wildcats in the second half and earned the victory. Westminster will play at Priory on Tuesday, October 16 at 4:15 PM.
46:00 MICDS 51:00 WCA Grimes (unassisted) 61:00 MICDS