Another tough loss for the Wildcats Boys Soccer team tonight in the second round of Metros against Westside, now the second ranked team in the State – the second time in 10 days these two teams have met – but the effort, attitude and play greatly improved. Junior GK Sam Fedde played one of the best games of his career holding an otherwise potent attack scoreless through regulation. Fedde’s timing off his line has improved dramatically under the coaching of Widlcat ’15 alum Chase Bishop. Fedde went to ground numberous times and robbed Westside of a strike – and when they did get the strike Fedde was equal to the task with his quick reactions and body positioning.
Fedde was not alone of course, the play of the back line led by Senior Captain Jackson McGowan was solid and inspirational. McGowan dominated in the air, challenged every tackle and took the ball off the Westside attack no less than a dozen times. McGowan had help from sophomore Riley Hackbart, making his first start of the season, Junior Jacob Mock, Sophomore Cameron Olson and Junior Edric Teut. The Wildcats created a number of scoring chances with shots by Braedan Evans, Trevor Green, Andrew Hall, Jonah Tubaugh, Daniel Gornell and Kolby Fahner – none of which found the back of the net. The midfield was led by Daniel Zapata with a strong effort to break up play defensively and he also managed to be active into the attack. The lone goal in the game came in the second OT with 6 minutes to play on a ball crossed through the box and onto an attacker who put back across the goal and into the net. Overall, despite the loss, a step in the right direction in a season that – like the weather – is slow to turn. The Wildcats have less than 24 hours before they are back at it against Milard South.