West Girls’ soccer comes to a close

Josh Preston

Junior Devon Long on Sept. 25 at a home game.

Junior Devon Long on Sept. 25 at a home game.

As fall sports conclude at West high, the girls’ soccer team’s excellent season must inevitably come to a close.  With a Tuesday, Oct. 29 loss in state tournament play verses Notre Dame to close the season, the Colts just couldn’t seem to pull out a win against a talented No. 2-ranked Notre Dame squad.

Despite a disappointing end, the Colts posted an outstanding 18-2-3 record on the season, with their only losses arising against No. 3 ranked Sacred Heart and of course, No. 2 ranked Notre Dame.

“I feel like our season was fantastic,” says junior defender Katie Mitchell. “Especially when you look back and see that our only two losses were to the two teams who competed for the state title.”

Mitchell says four-year veterans Rachel Craycraft, Olivia Welch, Natalie Traynor, Beth Smith, Cassidy Moore and Brooke Perkins, served as excellent role models in terms of work ethic, “both on and off the field.”

Though the Colts will be affected by the absence of the six graduating seniors in the 2014 season, the team has a solid core of young players and a promising 11-deep junior class.  The talented junior class will be forced to acquire leadership roles in the offseason in order to achieve success next season, as junior Sarah Wiggins says that leadership is “essential to success” in the 2014 season.

“The seniors were awesome and will definitely be missed,” says Wiggins. “But I am excited to be a senior; I think the girls in the junior this class will be good leaders and take on the responsibility well next year.”

Under the leadership of Coach Kevin Wright, the girls’ soccer team should have no problem continuing to do things “the Wright way” in the 2014 season.

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