By Craig Cashion
Contributing Writer

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west ashley high schoolThe West Ashley Women’s Soccer team advanced to the Final Four in the State Playoffs. The Lady Wildcats faced their old nemesis The Wando Lady Warriors in their third meeting of the season. The Wildcats were ready for the semifinal after beating #6 Lexington Lady Wildcats in the quarter finals. But the match was postponed a day due to rainy conditions and was played Tuesday at Wando Stadium. The Lady Wildcats were followed by a large group of WAHS supporters to Mt. Pleasant.

The game was a nervous affair in the beginning as both teams prodded for openings and neither willing to give up the first goal. Finally,Wando got on the board in the middle of the first half and the Lady Wildcats were against the ropes. WAHS did not wilt and minutes later Mary Shirley received a well played through ball and rocketed a shot from outside the box and over the head of the Wando keep equalizing the score at 1-1.

The teams continued to pressure each other but the score remained tied at half. The second half started up tempo and the Lady Warriors were able to get a ball past the Lady Wildcat keeper to score the winning goal early in the half. Wando tacked on an insurance goal later in the half preserving a 3-1 victory and a trip to the State Finals. The West Ashley Lady Wildcats left the stadium with their 17-7 record and their heads held high, finishing the playoffs as one of the top four teams in the State.

Three WAHS players were named to the All-Region 7 4-AAAA squad. Senior Taylor Coleman, Junior Hannah Miller, and Sophomore Caroline Cashion. Congratulations to all the WAHS players and head coach Drew McNeely on another great run this year.