With one strong shot and subsequent header, Westminster made resistance futile.
The Wildcats almost immediately answered Tattnall Square’s only goal of the game and rolled to a 5-1 win Tuesday afternoon at home. With the victory, Westminster advances to the GISA Class AAA state semifinals.
“I liked the response,” Wildcats coach Mike Freace said. “They’re playing well as a team right now. It’s not about who gets the goal.”
Jonas Samland got that quick-answer goal to push it to 4-1 after Trevor Rogers had put Tattnall Square on the board in the first minute of the second half.
Samland’s goal came after Patrick Moseley fired a shot that
forced Trojans keeper Ryan Brose
to make an acrobatic save.
But the ball stayed close and Samland cleaned up the rebound for Westminster (10-5-3), which dominated for most of the 80 minutes.
The Region 4-AAA champions needed less than two minutes to strike first, when Michael Montesclaros took a short corner before Moseley easily scored early in the opening half.
The Wildcats often kept the action in Tattnall Square’s half of the field, and when a ball found Drew McCartney’s feet for a goal and Moseley headed home another, Westminster was up 3-0 before the first half ended.
Though Brose tipped balls over the bar and dove for stops, Westminster continued to mount chances and also toughened up defensively in spots, including a last-second clear on a Tattnall Square rush.
By the time McCartney converted a penalty kick with 13:20 to play, the Wildcats were already in a safe position when it came to moving on to a state semifinal game which will also be played at Westminster.
Some of that semifinal security came from the response to Tattnall Square’s goal.
“That was really important for a lot of us,” Montesclaros said. “We had to get back into the game.”