The Westminster boys soccer team already had the good start, but when Joe Coleman let the ball settle just a bit so he could better fire a shot, the Wildcats got a great start.
Westminster dominated the entire match to get a 4-0 home win Thursday against Augusta Prep. The Wildcats are now 8-1 (5-0 Region 4-AAA in the GISA).
“We were able to put a couple in pretty quickly,” Westminster coach Mike Freace said.
Coleman had three goals, with the last one the lone score of the second half. Early in that half, Coleman received a pass and went with a header to widen the lead with 33:12 still to play.
At the beginning of the game, the Wildcats needed only 4:07 to grab an advantage. Michael Goodell calmly tucked the ball into the bottom left corner away from the keeper to make it 1-0.
Playing with a multi-goal gap most of the night, Westminster keeper Trey Newton didn’t have much work to do, but he did save a free kick from just outside the box with less than 10 minutes to go in the game.
In the girls match, Augusta Prep controlled possession to pick up a 3-0 win.
Action was concentrated on Westminster’s end of the field, and after the Lady Cavaliers failed to convert on some chances, Augusta Prep (9-1 overall, 3-0 in the region) broke through with three goals in less than 18 minutes.
Amanda Murphy’s ability to threaten from the outside opened up opportunities in the middle of the field. After Jessica Powell made it 1-0 with 3:42 remaining in the first half, Augusta Prep came out more intense in the final 40 minutes.
On the second goal, a line of Lady Cavaliers were ready to score, and Caroline Smith did just that on a pass from Murphy.
Minutes later, Murphy added a goal of her own.
“I thought we did a better job of stepping up the pressure,” Augusta Prep coach Tom Norton said. “That made a difference.”