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Spring 2013 Season
Wildcats trounce Rams
This was the second match of the season between the MICDS Rams and the Westminster Wildcats. In the previous match, the Cats struggled with a couple of injuries and the Rams won easily 4-2 on the long grass of MICDS. But today it was a completely different story as the Comeback Cats trounced the Rams 2-0 at Westminster thanks to an outstanding team effort.
Today’s match was one of Westminster’s best all season as they continue to gel as a team and heat up the tempo of their passing and runs off the ball even as the some of the fans were shivering (especially those wearing shorts) in the cool October breeze. In the first couple of minutes, Seth Lillenberg set the pace by physically winning 50/50 balls in midfield and making very strong runs with the ball. Ten minutes into the match, Westminster was totally dominating every aspect of play. Jake Grimes, Caleb Olson, Matt Reilly and Matt Schwartz were playing impenetrable defense by holding their line, stopping the MICDS attacks, communicating well with each other and calmly knocking the ball around. Jake Grimes was a man on a mission to stop MICDS #14 and he absolutely did it. The Cats were moving the ball all around the field side to side and back to front and frustrating the Rams in the process. In the 13th minute, Caleb Olson launched a 40 yard free-kick right on target while Connor Hunsicker shielded the Ram’s goalkeeper and then redirected the ball into the net with a perfectly played header.
The Cats were bound and determined to show everyone who was the stronger team today and they were doing a job of it. At midfield, Matt Hudnut, Tim Miller, Michael Evetts and Seth Lillenberg out hustled and out passed their very physical MICDS counterparts. Up on top, Connor Hunsicker was always on the prowl and showing his passing skill with several very creative flicks and dishes that must have frustrated the helpless Rams. Jake Appelbaum was also putting on a foot skills clinic of his own as he used a combination of moves and speed changes to work the ball deep into Rams territory. The first half ended with the Cats up 1-0 and they had out shot the Rams 9-5. Tim Reed had made a several good stops and sent some great punts down field.
The second half was an all out battle as the Rams came out with all the intensity they could muster. In the 4th minute, it looked like they would tie the game with a breakaway shot toward an open Westminster net…but just like their St Louis NFL namesakes, MICDS somehow missed the opportunity. The game only got more physical as MICDS amped up their play and verbal comments. Grimes continued to win his battle against #14 who was obviously getting miffed about it. In the 27th minute, Olson served a through ball to Hudnut who amazed everyone by seeming to stop time with the ball at his foot just waiting for the Rams defenders to dive in then he exploded with the ball to open space toward the net and nearly scored a goal. Energized by this play, the Cats pounced again when Tim Miller sent a nifty pass over to Michael Evetts in front of the Rams goal. In a blink of an eye, Evetts toe poked a line drive into the right side of the goal past a stunned Rams keeper. It was nice to see Evetts’ futsal training has paid off! As the clock continued to tick down, the referees nearly lost control of the match and Tim Reed stepped up to clear a couple dangerous balls and made some great saves. When the final buzzer sounded, the score was 2-0 in favor of Westminster and the Cats had clearly evened the series with MICDS.
Next week the Cats continue their preparation for the district tournament by facing #5 ranked Priory on Tuesday, Trinity on Thursday and then the annual Blue Green game against #10 ranked Whitfield on Saturday.
Scoring summary: 13:20 WCA goal by Connor Hunsicker assisted by Caleb Olson 67:40 WCA goal by Michael Evetts assisted by Tim Miller.
Final score WCA 2 – MICDS 0.
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