Cats shut down two opponents
The Cats have outscored their two playoff foes by 6-0 in their two wins
Westview's girls soccer team seems to have it all right now.
Offense? The Wildcats have it going pretty good with six goals in two Class 6A state playoff games.
Defense? Westview has pitched back-to-back shutouts in those two wins.
Now, the Wildcats hope to continue that trend in the state quarterfinals. Westview (12-2-2), the Metro League runner-up, will host Thurston in that contest, set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Westview High School.
'The team is playing with a lot of confidence right now,' said Westview coach Chris Martin. We 'are looking forward to playing on Saturday.'
Westview 2, St. Mary's 0
ROCK CREEK - Westview just flat took it to the Blues in Tuesday's second-round contest at Westview High School, holding St. Mary's without a shot in the first half and to just two shots for the game.
That effort left the Wildcats plenty of time to get things together offensively and they notched the game's first goal with 16 minutes left in the opening half. There, Ivey Kasai won the ball in the corner, then sent it into the 6-yard box where two Westview players were waiting, and senior forward Jill Thomas put it in the net.
And there, at 1-0, is where the score stayed until just four minutes remained in the contest. Westview's Morgan McClincy took the ball away after a corner kick, then sent it across to McMillan, who stayed on-side, got the ball past the charging keeper and pushed it over the line for the score.
'Both teams played well and overcame some early nerves,' Martin said. But we 'came out strong and were able to take the action to St. Mary's.'
Westview 4, Gresham 0
ROCK CREEK - It ain't where you start that counts - it's where you finish.
Westview proved that in spades on Saturday, breaking open a 0-0 game against Gresham with four second-half goals to beat the Gophers 4-0 in the first round of the state playoffs at Westview High School.
'During halftime, we didn't want to get too down on ourselves. We just tried to keep it positive,' said Westview senior forward Keirra Butts, who scored twice in the win. 'I think we feel a lot better about the end of the game.'
'We picked it up a lot in the second half and played to feet,' said sophomore midfielder Laura Camp, who converted a penalty kick and also assisted on Butts' second goal. 'It just kind of built on itself.'
Butts got her team on the scoreboard three minutes into the second half when she took a cross from Kasai and knocked it home at the near post to make it 1-0.
Sophomore Jayden McMillan was up next, collecting a deflection off the Gresham keeper and scoring 29 minutes into the half. Camp made it 3-0 just two minutes later after a Gopher foul in the penalty box and hit the ensuing penalty kick.
Butts added the capper another two minutes after that when Gresham failed to clear a Westview corner kick and Butts knocked it into the goal.
'It was important from a learning perspective, to talk about how we still had a full half to go,' Martin added. 'And to come out and score four goals really enforces the point that there's two halves going on. Don't push the panic button early. You can turn it around.'
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