Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Monday, November 13, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
With a 3-2 sudden-death overtime victory over Section III’s Poland in the Finals, the Wheatland-Chili Girls Soccer team walked away with the NYSPHSAA Class D Title over the weekend. It is their second Championship in as many seasons under head coach Gary Ward.
“This is a group that has been maturing over the past three years,” remarked Ward after the win. “We got to the Final game in ’15, won it last year, and now winning it again, they’ve progressed every year.”
The most enjoyable thing for Ward over the past three years, aside from the three championships, has been coaching this group each and every day. “We never have a bad practice, they love the game, they love each other – its one of those really special groups,” he continued.
“We were preparing for this game all season long,” said the W-C head coach about their matchup with Poland (III). “I don’t know if we would have scripted this ending, but it certainly was exciting.”
For Wheatland-Chili, which is located in Scottsville, New York, the success of their Girls Soccer program over the years has meant the world, says Ward.
“We come from a small town so this is something that the whole town is behind. It’s been something very uplifting to focus on,” he said. “I think the great support we get is a big reason why we have been so successful.”
Scoring the game-winner for W-C in sudden-death overtime was Travina Meeks, who put home a cross from Niyah Rosado – which landed for her right in front of the net. Netting the early goals for the Wildcats were Lindsey Clar, and Hannah Callaghan.
“We’re a team,” remarked Meeks following the victory. “We’re so close, and our bond is so strong. When we play we always have each others backs, and we never put each other down. We’re just, I don’t know, together.”
It’s the first time a Section V Girls Soccer team has repeated as NYSPHSAA Champion since 2001.
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