Boys’ soccer headed to championship game

Carleigh Walter, News Editor

Redeeming themselves for a 3-1 January  loss against state powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles, the Wildcats boys’ varsity soccer players needed just one goal to finish off  the Bulldogs 1-0 in the state Class 2A semifinal Friday night, sending them to next week’s state championship game against either Delray Beach American Heritage or Tampa Berkeley Prep, who were scheduled to play Saturday night. The championship game will be played at the University of South Florida in Tampa at 7:35 p.m.

“One goal at a time and don’t look ahead, just play each moment in the game as it’s your last,” said Athletics Director Bonnie Bettis told the team.

After a scoreless first half, the Wildcats went into the second half in with the words of Coach Scotty Armstong ringing in their ears.

“Fight ’em, bloody fight, fight,” he said in his halftime speech. “They’re scared, and you can do this.”

Senior and captain Kevin Kurtz did just that, scoring the only goal with 18 minutes and 36 seconds remaining on an assist from fellow senior and captain Nabil Motlagh.

Riled in celebration senior Rachel Dunkel, a member of the pep bus contingent that traveled to the game, yelled from the stands, “Kevin Kurtz, you’re a God! I love you!”

When the whistle ended the game, fans ran out in the middle of the field in celebration, teary eyed, happy, and chanting “West Shore Wildcats.”