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Cats lose heartbreaker in semi-final match.
For the first district game of 2012 the Wildcats were paired up with the Parkway West Longhorns. Coach Legters came out in a 4-5-1 formation to slow any progress for the Longhorns through the middle. West showed a lot of early pressure, but neither team was able to create any chances until the 10th minute. A foul called just outside the penalty box gave Longhorns a free kick. On the free kick the West striker headed the ball off the right post. The Cat's had trouble clearing, but eventually moved the ball out of danger. In the 15th minute Sam Dunne, making a long run up the right side crossed a dangerous ball into the box. The West keeper anticipated the cross and was able to come out and intercept the cross before the Wildcats could get a head on it. In the 16th minute a quick counter by West down the left side created an opportunity for West's #2. The left winger slipped a nice ball to #2 for a wide open shot on Ben Evans. Evans came up big with the initial save but could not hold the rebound. Evans scrambled and managed to get his body in the way of the second shot which allowed Nathan Cherian to come in and clear the loose ball. In the 20th minute the Cat's finally started to get some traction and move out of their defensive end. The Wildcats attack continued into the 26th minute, but was unable to create any scoring chances. Into the 30th minute the Wildcats defense continued to keep the Longhorns at bay. In the 31st, a nice ball from Tristan Becker to Jack Dohr positioned at the right side of the Longhorn 18 created a chance for the Cats. Jack Dohr received the ball and made a quick move to his right and cracked a shot across the goal face that beat the Longhorn keeper and hit the left post. In the 38th minute a physical play from Becker against the West defense came up short of a shot when the West defender cleared the opportunity out for a Wildcat corner. The corner was cleared by West with no threat and the half ended deadlocked 0-0. The second half started with early pressure from West even though the wind was in the Cats favor. West had a shot in the 40th that was blocked by Michael Dudley and a second attempt in the 42nd minute that was put over the top. From the 41st to the 50th play stayed central on the pitch. Then in the 50th another West shot put Evans to the test for a second time. Once again Evans came up big by diving to his left and saving the shot targeting the left lower corner. In the 54th minute the Wildcats created their first shot of the half. A nice drop pass from Becker for a Tim Burgess shot was saved by the West keeper. Pressure by the Cats in the 56th minute created a shot for Sam Dunne off a miss cleared corner. Dunne's shot was blocked by a defender out of bounds for another Cats corner. Off the second corner Dohr headed the ball back across from the far post and nearly found Matt Sheehan for a shot. West defender #15 was able to clear the ball before Sheehan could reach it. In the 68th minute play was stopped due to a clock glitch caused by the trainer's mule on the track disconnecting the power to the clock. Once the game resumed play was even. Only one other shot occurred for West in the 69th minute that was sent just wide. In the final minute of play Seung Chang Jang made a big defensive play keeping the West striker from having an open shot. The ball was cleared by Jang out of bounds for a corner. West took a short corner that was played to a striker at the corner of the penalty box. The Cat's pressured the ball and cleanly picked the ball off the striker's foot. The referee thought there was a foul and gave west a free kick just outside the penalty area. With 21 seconds left in the match the free kick was put into heavy traffic where a Longhorn headed it home for the game winner. The Wildcats played hard and walked off the field with their heads high. Their record for the year was a respectable 10-14 with a 1-4 record in overtime games and winning 6 out of their last 10 games. Well done Cats!
Seniors celebrate last home game with a win.
For senior recognition day, the Wildcats were matched against the less gunned Christian High School Eagles. The Wildcats 23rd match was all Wildcats from beginning to end as Coach Legters honored the seniors by starting all of them together for the last home game of the season and they were motivated. The first goal for the Cats came in the 3rd minute from a Wildcat corner that found Jack Dohr in the box for a shot that was initially saved, but Tristan Becker was there to clean up the rebound to make it 1-0. Less then two minutes later a nice through pass from Grayson Everhardt found Tim Burgess who put away the shot for an early 2-0 lead. Then in the 6th minute the continued pressure created a pass from Becker to Everhardt who scored for the third goal of the match. Three more shots from the 6th minute through the 12th all just missed the frame. The shots came from a solo effort by Dohr, Dong Jae Lee's pass to Everhardt for a shot, and a Josh Ortiz long ball that just missed Everhardt in front of the keeper. Then in the 13th minute another Wildcat corner created a goal for Dohr, making the score 4-0. The pressure continued with a nice pass from Andrew George to Robert Loaney for a shot in the 18th minute. A 20th minute long range shot was attempted from Kyle Cline but was handled by the Eagle keeper. In the 23rd a low struck long range shot from Sean Appelbaum went through the box and hit the right post. The rebound was cleaned up by Matt Sheehan, to take the score to 5-0. In the 28th minute a cross from Loaney found Sheehan for a shot that hit the right post for the second time in the half. This was followed by another shot created from a pass from Chase Seiller to Brendan Yeager. Yeager's shot was saved by the Eagle keeper out of bounds for a Wildcat Corner. A 34th minute free kick from Dohr was struck into the wall, the ball deflected off a wall player and found the back of the net to make the score 6-0. The Eagles managed only one shot in the first half in the 39th minute on a miss handled ball from the Cat's back line that was turned over to an Eagle striker for a shot that was pulled just left of the Wildcats net. The half ended with the Cat's up big 6-0. The second half started like the first half ended. When in the 43rd minute an Eagle's long clear fell behind the Cat's defense and was ran onto by an Eagle striker. Jacob Chimento attempted to get to the long ball first, but was caught off his line and the striker hit the shot over Chimento for an Eagle goal. That was about all the offense the Eagles could mustard. The rest of the game was all Wildcats. In the 47th minute a nice thru ball sent by Dohr broke Burgess free for his second goal of the match to make it 7-1. In the 49th minute Samuel Wos ran onto a free kick sent in the box by Chimento. The Eagle keeper made a nice save as he was falling backwards and kept Wos off the board. But in the 50th minute a ball sent from Dohr to Wos produced another shot for Samuel. The shot was once again saved by the keeper, but wasn't held and was cleaned up by Everhardt to make it 8-1. More shots followed for the cats. A 55th minute shot from a ball fed to Loaney from Cline. A 56th minute corner taken by Sam Dunne headed on frame by Cline. Followed by a 59th minute pass, from Seiller to Dunne for a shot that was saved wide for a Wildcat corner. Then in the 65th minute Ortiz sent a nice ball in the box to the far post and Everhardt notched his first hat trick of the season for the Wildcats making it 9-1. With 5 minutes remaining in the game the senior players were removed from the game and recognized one last time by the home fans. The final whistle blew with the score being 9-1 Wildcats. We'll miss you seniors-- Tim Burgess, Nathan Cherian, Jack Dohr, Michael Dudley, Ben Evans, Dong Jae Lee, Josh Ortiz, Samuel Wos, and Seung Chang Jang. Thanks for the memories.
Cats down ranked Bombers team.
The Wildcats 22nd match was against the 3rd ranked John Burroughs Bombers. Although the normal Wildcat offense was not present in this game, the game still had plenty of action. The Bombers short field restricted the normal direct attack of the Wildcats, but assisted in not allowing any gaps between our midfield and the defense. This prevented any quick counter attacks from the Bombers and allowed us to get all 11 players behind the ball. The first shot in the game came from the Bombers in the 6th minute. Although the majority of the first half was played between the two penalty boxes, the Bombers held the primary control of the game and had multiple shots at the net. Ben Evan's was required to come up big multiple times in the half. In both the 19th and 25th minute Evans came up big by fully laying out to make saves on shots heading for the corners. Evans was able to collect both shots and not allow a rebound. In the 28th minute the first chance for the Cat's came off a free kick from just outside the left side of the 18. Michael Dudley took the kick and drove a shoulder high ball through the box. Waiting on the far side was Jack Dohr receiving the ball from off his chest to his foot for an immediate shot that stretched the back of the net. Needless to say the Bomber fans were in shock with the turn of events. Then following another 9 minutes of offensive frustration for the Wildcats, three passes took the Cat's from defense to the attacking third for a shot. The 37th minute combination from Kyle Cline to Brendan Yeager on the left wing to Dohr at the top of the box produced the shot for the second goal of the match for the Cat's. With the Bombers continuing to pressure the halftime whistle blew with the Cat's up 2-0. With the Bombers down, the game started to get more physical in the second half. Thus sparking local die hard Westminster soccer fans Lydia Krasucki and Morgan Grimm to say "Doesn't the referee have a whistle?" In the 57th minute the Cat's seemed to settle down and put a little pressure on the Bombers, but were unable to create any shots. Then in the 65th minute a costly foul by the Wildcats gave up a free kick just inside the half. The kick was hit into a dangerous spot in the box and flicked into the net past the reach of Evans, making the score 2-1. The Wildcats then concentrated on defense. Multiple dangerous balls from the Bombers were cleared out of the box, but the Cat's could not manage any type of attack off the clearing efforts. In the 78th the Cat's finally were able to push up the field and were rewarded with a corner. The Cat's took their time setting it up and burned the clock down to a minimum. Nothing was created from the corner, but the clearing kick was collected by the Cat's who were able to possess the ball and kill the rest of the clock. The Wildcats pull off a major upset by defeating the Bombers 2-1 with only 3 shots recorded by guest statistician Todd Yeager. Well done Cat's!
Pirates slow Cats down.
The Wildcats 21st match was against the Pattonville Pirates. At the start, the Wildcats came out quickly and created the first scoring chance in the 3rd minute when Ben Evans collected a ball on the left side of the box and dropped a nice pass to Jack Dohr for a shot. The shot slid off the side of Dohr's foot and went wide right. The next 20 minutes of the first half were controlled by Pattonville with multiple shots and multiple corners. The Pirates kept Jacob Chimento busy saving shots at the net. Then in the 22nd minute the Wildcats worked out the kinks and started to turn the game in their favor. The first quality chance came on a 20 yard shot from Carl Simakoff that hit the crossbar and was collected by the keeper. The Wildcats played even with the Pirate the rest of the half. In the 27th minute a nice group of passes from Chase Seiller to Tristan Becker to Grayson Everhardt created a shot for Everhardt from a bad angle that the Pirate keeper was able to handle. This was followed by a 28th minute Pirate clearing ball being picked off by Sean Appelbaum and delivered to Tristan Becker for another shot. In the 37th minute another good chance came on a Michael Dudley free kick into the box that Ben Evans managed to head onto the frame but the keeper was able to make the save. In the 38th minute another group of passes from Josh Ortiz to Evans freed Appelbaum on the left for a shot that Appelbaum tried to chip over the keeper. The shot went just over the top for a Pirate goal kick. Then with time ticking down in the first half Kyle Cline went to the well again and tried to repeat the bending goal from the Principia game. On Cline's throw in, Dohr dropped the ball back to Cline for a last second shot from the left. This time the Pirate keeper was able to get to the shot for the save just as the half time buzzer sounded. The half ended in a 0-0 tie due to Jacob Chimento's stellar effort with 14 first half saves. The second half started with the Pirates taking charge. In the 42nd minute a monster shot from Pattonville was initially saved by Chimento laying out to his right but the rebound found an unmarked player on the left side that put it away for the first goal of the match. The Pirates were able to hold the Cat's off the first eight minutes of the half. Then from the 49th to the 57th minute the Cat's were able to work the ball down the left side multiple times. Unfortunately the Cat's were unable to get any kind of effective crosses into the box. The Wildcats were able to continue to possess the ball in the Pattonville half, but were unable to create any opportunities in the final third. Then in the 58th minute, on a counter attack, Chimento came out of the net to attempt to cut the angle on an open shot. Chimento was beat by the ball being chipped over him into the middle and put away in the open net to make it 0-2 Pirates. One of only two chances in the half for the Cat's came in the 59th minute when two corners in a row produced a shot when a clearing ball was sent back in the box by Josh Ortiz and deflected onto the goal by Samuel Wos. The keeper dove to his left and save the shot with no rebound. The Pirates managed another goal in the 73rd minute from a shot on the right of the 18 to make it 0-3. The last chance for the Cat's came in the 75th minute on a Michael Dudley free kick. Dudley hammered the kick but the Pirate keeper was in the perfect position to make the save. The Cat's played hard, but fall to the Pirates 0-3.
Win streak continues.
The Wildcats 20th match was against the Principia Panthers. With a full house of fans on hand for the match the Wildcats did not disappoint. In the second minute Michael Dudley hit a quality free kick on frame that the keeper could not handle. Unfortunately the rebound was collected by the Panther keeper before a Wildcat could get a foot on it. On the counter attack the Panthers created a breakaway opportunity. Ben Evans came off his line to cut the angle and dove to his left to save the shot and deflect it out of bounds. A 4th minute corner kick for the Cats created another quality chance when Jack Dohr ran onto the kick and headed it just wide left. In the 7th minute the cats created another chance on a ball down the right side from Josh Ortiz to Tristan Becker, who then slid it across the goal crease. No one was home to finish the nicely slotted pass. Then in the 8th minute Seung Chang Jang sent a long ball over the defense of the Panthers that Tristan Becker was able to track down and tuck into the back of the net for the first goal of the match. The Cats pressure and control of the match continued, creating a shot off a missed clear for Tim Burgess that went wide left. The Panthers two biggest opportunities in the first half came in the 15th and 17th minute. Both were snuffed out by Ben Evans. One by diving to his left to save a shot created from a Panther corner, and the second chance when a ball targeting a wide open striker was intercepted by Evans coming off his line. In the 24th minute a ball from Burgess to Jang was sent into the box, and just missed Becker's header attempt. In the 26th minute the Cats struck again. A missed clear by the Panther defense on a corner landed on Kyle Cline's foot. Cline hammered a bending shot from the left that hit the upper right corner of the net. This was literally Clines first touch on the ball after returning from injury (how about that for "first touch" lol). Two more quality chances came in the first half. The first in the 32nd minute created from a nicely played ball from Burgess to Sean Appelbaum for a shot saved by the Principia keeper. The second chance came in the 38th minute from Grayson Everhardt to Becker for a shot saved by the diving Panther keeper. The first half ended 2-0, and was noted by the statistician Mike Everhardt as the cleanest half played by the Wildcats this year with zero fouls. The second half started with good pressure from the Cats. In the 46th minute Everhardt brought the ball in from the left and found Jack Dohr on the 18 for a shot saved by the Panthers keeper. Another quality chance came from Jang to Becker in the 52nd minute, but the shot was hit right at the keeper. The Panthers first chance of the half came in the 63rd minute but was cleared out of danger by Nathan Cherian in back. The Wildcats continued to control the ball working down both wings and sending multiple balls across in the box with no success. From the 70-76th minute the Wildcats seemed to lose a bit of composure and resorted to kicking the ball aimlessly not targeting teammates and giving possession to Principia. Then around the 77th minute the Wildcats regained form and finished off the game without giving Principia anymore scoring chances. The last chance of the game for the Cats came in the 78th minute on a nice effort from Everhardt taking the ball in on the baseline and sliding a nice ball through the box, just missing Becker and Appelbaum moving in. The final whistle blew with the Cat's getting their third win in a
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