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Wildcats look forward to another state playoff run
by Greg Oshust
April 23, 2013 03:25 PM | 1361 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Westminster’s Natalie Fitzgerald (7) battles for control of the ball with a Wesleyan player during a game last Tuesday.
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Westminster’s Natalie Fitzgerald (7) battles for control of the ball with a Wesleyan player during a game last Tuesday.
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Westminster has come close to making it to the state girls’ soccer finals with back-to-back semifinal appearances in Class AA the last couple of years.

As they wrap up the 2013 regular season, the Wildcats — ranked second in the latest Eurosportscoreboard.com AA poll — are in prime position for yet another deep postseason run.

With an 11-3 overall record and 3-1 mark in Area 6AA going into Friday’s game with archrival Lovett, Westminster was assured of at least the second seed from the league in the upcoming AA tournament.

“We’re playing very, very well now,” coach Clark Meyer said. “We had a stumble — sort of — midseason, with back-to-back losses. But, I’m very pleased with the way we rebounded from that. We intend to go as far as we can this year. We’ve got the team to do it.”

The Wildcats have racked up some big wins along the way, defeating higher-classification powerhouses Walton (AAAAAA) and McIntosh (AAAAA).

“Those were big games,” Meyer said. “We like to schedule as many big schools as we can handle and it certainly prepares us for the playoffs. But, to come away with wins in those games are real confidence builders. It’s been very, very nice to win those two.”

While Westminster lost five starters from last year’s state semifinalists, it has benefitted greatly from its depth as those gaps in its lineup were easily filled.

“We had a lot of depth and still do,” Meyer said. “We ended last season knowing who was going to step into which position and we had players ready to go and I think we’ll be in good shape next season as well. They’re all playing together and working well as a team.”

Junior forward Liza Lingenfelter led the team in scoring as of last Friday with 16 goals, while junior midfielder Caroline Beadles has also contributed greatly to the offensive attack with nine goals.

The Wildcats are also solid on the defensive side, with senior center back Tanner Kaplan — a Wofford signee — and junior center backs Anna Lee — who has committed to Holy Cross — and Sheridan Nulty leading the way.

For Meyer, everything is lining up for a serious run at the AA championship — with 6AA foes Greater Atlanta Christian and Lovett among the Wildcats’ top rivals for a state crown.

“That’s our intent,” Meyer said. “We’re going to go as deep as we can. It’s hard to see in the crystal ball, but our region is a very, very strong one. I imagine it’s going to be region opponents who will be standing between us and the state title.”
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