The Lady Wildcats are rolling through the state playoffs in soccer. The team got a 5-0 victory over Ashe County in the second round on Saturday night at West Stokes High School and recorded its 16th shutout of the year.
Lady Wildcats Coach Chris Manley said that he was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We are better than we have been in the past,” he said. “Everything is just starting to click.”
Everything did click in the game for West Stokes. The team grabbed the ball early and held possession for most of the game. Manley said that the team’s style of play has always been to keep possession of the ball for as long as possible.
It didn’t take long for the shots to fly on Saturday night. In the first half, at the 35:16 minute marker, Morgan Snow fired off a pass to Taylor Hopper, who converted the pass into the goal.
Lady Wildcat Anna Eggers followed up with a goal with about 13 minutes left in the first half. Then, with about seven minutes to go, Macy Rutledge headed the ball into goal, which put the Wildcats up 3-0.
The Lady Wildcats continued to control the ball well in the second half.
About 10 minutes into the second half, Candace Gordon pushed down the right wing and fired off a pass to Snow, who slipped the ball into the goal.
At the 14:51 minute marker, Jordan Grubbs pushed past defenders and blasted one into the goal, which helped to put the Wildcats up 5-0.
In the final moments of the game, the Lady Wildcats slowed the game down a bit, making long passes into the corners, as they let the clock tick down.
For the fourth straight year, the Lady Wildcats proved they are the cream of the crop in the district. The team will face off against its nemesis, Cuthbertson, in the third round of state playoffs on Wednesday night at West Stokes High School.
South Stokes fell in the second round of state playoffs to Lake Norman Charter 0-2.