Sunday, May 21, 2017

Westminster boys capture fourth state title in a row

Westminster boys capture fourth state title in a row
May 20, 2017 10:56 PM
MACON, Ga. — The cheering from the Westminster student section after the match on Saturday night summed it all up.
With the chant of “I see a four-peat” in the background, the Wildcats crowded around the championship trophy as they celebrated their fourth GISA Class AAA state title in a row after a 3-1 win over Frederica Academy at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium.
The match was defensive and physical on both sides. But in the end, Westminster did enough to pull away and claim a title that was also the program’s 10th overall.
“The championships are the by products of the standards we set, the daily standards we set of doing the right things, doing the simple things,” Westminster head coach Mike Freace said. “For some reason for us, they have translated into championships.”
After a first half filled with sterling defensive plays all over the field, the Wildcats finally broke a defensive stalemate by getting on the board in the match’s 37th minute, grabbing a 1-0 lead just before halftime when Noah Lee powered in a shot.
“That was huge. I thought it was a well-played half by both teams. Both teams were kind of doing what they wanted to do. Hats off to Frederica, they played great,” Freace said. “We kind of snuck one in there and it kind of released the pressure a little bit.”
Westminster kept the intensity on both ends of the field up in the second half. Jelani Watson Gayle netted two goals, the second of which made it a two-goal lead inside the match’s final ten minutes for a margin that Frederica would not be able to rally back from.
Westminster saw its earlier two-goal advantage cut in half in the match’s 52nd minute with Connor Runyan’s goal that ended up being the only marker to come against Wildcats goalie Brandon Smith.
But the Wildcats stayed focused on the task at hand, even with the physical play on both sides being ratched up as the final buzzer grew closer and closer. Watson Gayle rewarded the Wildcats focus on the offensive end as persistence on an offensive scoring try resulted in the final Wildcats goal. He dribbled toward the Frederica net, getting the ball enough over the head of goalie John Mitchell Brock to be in prime position to shoot it in for the score.
Watson Gayle is one of six Westminster seniors to graduate with four state titles in four seasons.
“It’s especially sweet for our seniors,” Freace said. “They have just been a special group.”

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Boys head back to state final

The boys varsity soccer team are headed back to the state final after defeating Holy Spirit Prep in the semifinal. Game time is 6:30pm at Mercer University. The opponent will be Frederica Academy.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Boys head to state semifinal with 4-0 win.

The boys varsity soccer team are headed back to the state semifinal after defeating Trinity Christian Sharpsburg 4-0 on Thursday night. Overall the Wildcats outshot Trinity 25-1. With the win, the boys will play Holy Spirit Prep on Friday, May 19 at Mercer University. Game time is set for 7:00pm. The Wildcats improve to 16-1-0 on the year.