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Lady Gators drop first region game against Westminster

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    Junior Paulina Mendez goes in for a free kick during the Gatewood Gators matchup against the Westminster Wildcats on Thursday, March 11. LAUREN MALEK/Staff
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    Senior Olivia Bassett heads the ball towards her teammates during the Gator’s first regional game of the 2021 season on Thursday, March 11. LAUREN MALEK/Staff

Gatewood’s girls soccer team had a rough start to its season on Thursday, March 11, in their first region game against the Westminster Wildcats where they came out on the losing end of the 6-1 game.

The Wildcats made their first goal two minutes after they began with possession of the ball. The Gators responded with a deep drive toward the goal by senior Raegan Wilkins who scored the first and only goal of the game at the six-minute mark. After the initial points, it seemed like it would remain a pretty close game, but the Wildcats earned their next goal 10 minutes later.

The Gators seemed to struggle with making complete passes that were often intercepted by the Wildcats who remained quick on their feet to regain control of the ball. The Wildcats stayed in the Gators’ territory for a large portion of their plays and were able to pass around the defense after the home team’s goalie lost her grip on the ball she saved allowing the Wildcats to force in another goal in the last 16 minutes of the half. The score was 3-1 at halftime.

After the break the Gators seemed to lose a little steam. Westminster took full advantage and quickly scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second half, solidifying their lead and seemingly putting an end to the Gators’ chances for a victory.

Despite the heavy lead, the Gators seemed to get more serious about meeting passes and spent a lot more time on the Wildcats’ side of the field where they attempted several shots that were intercepted by the Westminster goalie.

The Gators kept up a stronger defense throughout the second half but did allow one goal from the Wildcats four minutes before the final buzzer which ended the game at 6-1.