Soccer Championship Recap (Mercer): First Presbyterian 4-1 for Class A crown

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Wesleyan’s outscored First Presbyterian Day 3-0 in the second half of Friday’s Class A final to clinch a 4-1 victory and the program’s first-ever title.

“We are so excited,” said Wesleyan head coach Lacy Gilbert after clinching the program’s first-ever title. “This has been a long time coming. It is my 20th year and 16th as a head coach and to be able to win is just amazing. I am so proud of our girls, especially our seniors. They worked hard and made adjustments in the second half. I am so pleased at how they played. Our seniors set the stage for our program when they came in as freshmen and to get to this point is great.”

The Wolves started the scoring at the at the 9:37 mark in the first half with a goal from Lucy Mitchell. First Presbyterian answered just four minutes later on a penalty-kick goal by Kate Patterson and the teams remained tied 1-1 entering the second half.

Just five minutes into the second half, Sutton West scored on a perfectly executed give-and-go from Mitchell from just inside the box to push the lead to 2-1.

“We always talk about that you only focus on what you can control,” said Mitchell. “In this game, each individual focused on what they had control over and we used that to get the win.”

With 19 minutes left in the game First Presbyterian was called for a handball in the box which led to a T.J. Anderson goal off of a penalty kick. The frustrations continued for First Presbyterian Day with nine minutes left in the game as two players, Kate Patterson and Karsten Herron were ejected for a rough play and dissent, respectively.

Class A

Girls

Wesleyan 4, First Presbyterian Day 1

Wesleyan outscored First Presbyterian Day 3-0 in the second half of Friday’s Class A final to clinch a 4-1 victory and the program’s first-ever title.

“We are so excited,” said Wesleyan head coach Lacy Gilbert after clinching the program’s first-ever title. “This has been a long time coming. It is my 20th year and 16th as a head coach and to be able to win is just amazing. I am so proud of our girls, especially our seniors. They worked hard and made adjustments in the second half. I am so pleased at how they played. Our seniors set the stage for our program when they came in as freshmen and to get to this point is great.”

The Wolves started the scoring at the at the 9:37 mark in the first half with a goal from Lucy Mitchell. First Presbyterian answered just four minutes later on a penalty-kick goal by Kate Patterson and the teams remained tied 1-1 entering the second half.

Just five minutes into the second half, Sutton West scored on a perfectly executed give-and-go from Mitchell from just inside the box to push the lead to 2-1.

“We always talk about that you only focus on what you can control,” said Mitchell. “In this game, each individual focused on what they had control over and we used that to get the win.”

With 19 minutes left in the game First Presbyterian was called for a handball in the box which led to a T.J. Anderson goal off of a penalty kick. The frustrations continued for First Presbyterian Day with nine minutes left in the game as two players, Kate Patterson and Karsten Herron were ejected for a rough play and dissent, respectively.

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