May 2, 2006
Albany -- The Westover girls soccer team is going where no Lady Patriots team has gone before: The second round of the state playoffs.
Thanks to a 3-1 win over Northside, Columbus Friday, Westover advances to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in school history, and the Lady Patriots are ready.
Westover head coach Alton Bentley says his players are very excited.
"They can't hardly contain themselves," says Bentley. "They're just kind of bubbly. Of course it's easy when you win. It's easy to be bubbly then."
Senior Stephanie Howard says, "It feels really good. It's the first time we've ever done it, so everybody's really excited."
The Lady Patriots have only been in the playoffs a few times before, and the seniors say they're glad they were able make history in their last try.
Senior Meghan Jones says, "We've progressed through the last four years, and this is just a great way to top it all off." "
It's fun," adds fellow senior Meg Meyer Von Bremen. "There's kind of a lot of adrenaline, and it's nice to be a senior, and it's a good contribution to my senior year."
The game will be at home, and the Lady Patriots say that will be a big advantage.
Bentley says, "(Harlem) is looking at probably 4 1/2 or 5 hours on a bus. I'm sure they're going to have to take the majority of their school day off, and ride down here, get off the bus and play. It's very much to our advantage not to have to make that trip."
Jones agrees, "It's so nice, because there's no traveling. You get to stay focused all day, and you get to be around your coach, and your friends and family who are all pumped about your game."
Westover will be looking for continued fan support at Wednesday's game.
"They were with us the last round," says senior Vanessa Rodriguez, "and I hope they continue to come out and support us."
Westover will host Harlem Wednesday at 5:30 in the second round of the state playoffs.