The Enterprise Wildcats and Lady Cats soccer teams kicked off the 2019 season last week and both teams got off to a hot start.
The Wildcats started off the season with a 2-0 win over LAMP on Feb. 11 before heading to Vestavia Hills to take part in the Rick Grammer Invitational on Feb. 15-16.
The Wildcats defeated Fort Payne 2-1 in the opening round before falling to Bob Jones 2-1 in the semifinals in just the team’s second regular season loss in the last two years.
Against LAMP, Hunter Perry and Tyler Howard each scored on a goal, while Sam Mazariegos had an assist and sophomore goalie Logan Smith had five saves and allowed no goals.
Rasheed Bolaji and Mazariegos each had goals against Fort Payne, while Logan Stanley and Sebastian Guerrero each had an assist. Smith again played solid at the net with six saves, but did give up one goal.
Mazariegos scored Enterprise’s only goal against Bob Jones and Smith had five saves at the net, while Bob Jones scored two goals.
“The first thing I’ve noticed is that all three teams we’ve played so far this year have been really good teams,” Wildcat coach Bruce Ladner said. “We’ve played three really tough teams and the thing we can take away from that is that I’ve seen improvement (from the team) in all three games. So, I think we’re headed in the right direction.”
Ladner said that he’s been pleased not just with his veteran players but his young players, as well.
“We’ve had some young guys really step up,” Ladner said. “Logan Smith had an excellent weekend and looked very solid and sure of himself.
“My juniors and seniors are carrying the load but we also have some young guys stepping up and chipping in. It’s been a complete team effort. As long as we can continue to get better each game we’ll be fine.”
The Lady Cats also picked up a dominating 10-0 win over LAMP on Feb. 11.
The Lady Cats jumped out to a 6-0 lead with Corinna Jones scoring a goal with 34:29 left in the half. Amber Patch followed up with two goals at 33:19 and 30:04 before Morgan Harrelson got the hat trick with three goals to close out the half with goals at 17:23, 6:54 and right before the buzzer with 23 seconds left in the half.
The Lady Cat domination continued in the second half with Harrelson scoring her fourth goal with 33:00 left in the game, while Jessie Andress scored a goal with 29:25 left.
Sydney Garth scored two goals at 28:40 and 10:15 left in the game to close out the game.
“We put in a new system of play this season and we were very pleased in the ways that the girls have responded,” Lady Cat coach Jill Harrelson said. “They all seemed to be really excited and ready for the challenge.
“Overall, we were very pleased with our attack and defensive play. After playing our first game there are, of course, a few kinks that we need to work out but nothing major.”
In the win, Morgan Harrelson led the way with four goals and an assist, while Patch had two goals and Garth had two goals and two assists. Jones scored one goal and had two assists. Andress also had a goal, while Summer Burress had two assists along with Ashlyn Purvis and Jillian Martin chipping in with one assist each.
Defensively, Martin had five takeaways and Shanya Nabarrete and Purvis both had four takeaways. Lady Cat goalies were dominate at the net with Cheyenne Piercey earning two saves and Maggie Bryan earning four saves with neither allowing a goal.