Archive for Thursday, May 14, 2009

Soccer looking to send seniors off in style

May 14, 2009

The Wildcats are graduating just a small group, four girls to be exact, at the end of the 2009 soccer season.

But while the number of them is small, their impact on the girls soccer program has been rather large.

“They have kind of taken us to the next level,” Erpelding said. “All four of them have great leadership, on and off the field. Over the last few years, I’ve seen great growth in them both as people and as players.”

The graduates include Brooke Lewis, Ashley Williams, Amber Laudick and Danielle Price. Together, their efforts have combined to produce four winning seasons and consecutive second-place finishes in the Frontier League.

“Those girls won a lot of games here,” Erpelding said. “Their goal was to win a league title and to go to state, and they just fell short on a league title. They just missed three years in a row by one game.”

Their goal of a state title remains within the girls’ grasp, however. It will be a challenge, as the squad will have to get through a difficult postseason that consists of some of the top teams in the state.

“Going to and winning state is an extremely tough thing to do,” Erpelding said. “No matter what happens, these girls have accomplished a lot of goals. They hold a lot of records at our school.”

The seniors will have their final hurrah Thursday when the Wildcats will play Kansas City Christian. The game is expected to be a battle as the two squads always produce close results. Last year the score finished 0-0, and Erpelding said the games have never been a blowout.

“KC Christian is always extremely well coached,” Erpelding said. “Their coach has done a great job with not a lot.”

While Christian’s record (6-5) may not reflect it, Erpelding said the K.C. Christian team was one of the more talented teams he’s seen out of the program in some time.

“They’ve played a very difficult schedule,” he added. “They’ve been skidding but have played some really tough games. I know they will be well prepared.”

The Wildcats beat Immaculata 8-1 on the road last Thursday and topped Bonner Springs 6-0 Monday on the road.

After De Soto’s match against K.C. Christian, the team will begin the postseason next week.

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