The Wildcat and Lady Cat senior soccer players celebrated senior night in style by racking up a pair of region victories over Liberty County on Tuesday.
Coincidentally, both games had the final score of 6-1. To their credit, this was the first time the boys have given up a single goal in region play.
For the boys, Nic Harris scored three goals, Sam Vernon scored two and Stephen Guarino scored one. Assists were garnered from Greyson Surges, Ethan Vernon, Brian Adams and Sean Szad.
"The team was disappointed in giving up a goal, but I think it was more of how we gave it up (penalty kick) more than getting scored on," Coach Wade Wright said. "I personally think it is still one of the best six-game performances from a team I have been a part of in my career. We played tremendously. I hope tonight is a sign of things to come in the post season. We still have some unfinished business, but our motto is simple – ‘don’t be satisfied’. I would like to point out how well the senior class has led and performed so far, and they showed it with their effort and focus last night. They made their senior night special."
For the girls, Kristin Oddi scored two goals while the following players made a goal each: Lauren Hall, Katie Berry, Caroline Sipe and Meghan Guarino. Azea Mustafa garnered three assists while Katie Bergsmith, Katie Hudson and Lauren Hall had one each. Keeper Raisa Martinez only had to make one save versus 37 for Liberty.
"The chemistry on this team is wonderful," Coach Steve Kollman said. "They began developing it last summer playing together on the Athena - B Richmond Hill Comets, and it has been one of their strengths throughout the stresses of region play. All of the girls were in high spirits for senior night and had fun watching Kristin Oddi and Megan Guarino (senior defenders) playing up front as strikers."
Kollman said he is confident for the team’s chances for state.
"We have completed region play, and now we are focused on conditioning and training as we build toward the region and state playoffs for the eighth straight year."
This concludes region play for the boys as well.
Next up is the region tournament which kicks off April 8.