CONGRATULATIONS WSA 92 GIRLS 2011 STATE CHAMPIONS! Congratulations WSA 92 BOYS 2011 STATE FINALIST. Seven WSA teams advance to Oklahoma State Semifinals. Click here to read more...
SEVEN WSA TEAMS ADVANCE IN 2011 STATE CUP
00 Boys, 98 Boys, 97 Boys, 94 Girls, 93 Boys, 92 Boys, 92 Girls
Oklahoma City, OK -- The WSA 92 girls defeated Hurricane 1-0 in a state championship match whose strongest influence may have come from the 40-50 mph consistent wind gusts. Rachel Carroll nabbed the championship winning goal in the 2nd half, while Jordie Harris’ acrobatic save earlier in the match preserved the win. WSA advanced to Sunday’s state final on the heels of a 10-0 win over Tri-City in the "semifinals".
Later in the afternoon the WSA 92 boys (pictured below at halftime with Coach Ryan Bush) would find it difficult to manage the strong wind gusts that influenced play, and would take a neil-neil draw through two overtimes and into the 5th round of penalties before conceding to Tulsa Nationals on the dreaded penalty kicks. It marked the second time the squad was eliminated by penalties, and their 4th consecutive year of advancing, having lost two state semis by one-goal margins, and two finals in penalties.
On Saturday WSA saw five other teams contend in semifinal matches. The WSA 94 girls met a familiar semifinal foe in OFC 94 and despite a good tournament run could not quite keep up with the highly touted OFC 94 team.
The WSA 00 boys took a one-neil lead to halftime against the state’s top ranked team OFC 00, before conceding 3 goals in the 2nd half and losing 3-1. Coach Tom Apitz’s team proved they were among Oklahoma’s top u11 boys programs in 2011.
The WSA 98 boys, playing without the services of a couple of key players would also face off against OFC. WSA 98 boys played a tough contest despite missing part of their roster but would lose 3-0 to the tough OFC 98 boys side.
The WSA 97 boys red team would meet a familiar TSC 97 boys team in their semifinal encounter. The two met two weeks prior and played to a draw in Oklahoma Premiere League play. The game saw TSC grab an early 2-goal advantage which stood until late in the 2nd half when WSA would draw the game back to a 2-1 margin with 15 minutes to play. An untimely "water break" broke momentum and TSC would find the back of the net after the break twice more to claim victory by a score margin of 4-1. However, WSA 97 Boys Red demonstrated another huge stride in progress and growth.
The WSA 93 Boys Red team suffered a heart wrenching defeat at the hands of eventual State Champion TSC White. The WSA squad managed the first goal of the match from a brilliant strike off the boot of Dillon Alexander, before seeing the game drawn level on a backline error. WSA would regain the lead 2-1 when "MoMo" raced past the TSC backline. WSA saw several chances to create a 2-goal cushion go array. Then in a 3-minute span TSC would grab the equalizer and a bizarre winner to take home the 3-2 victory and the trip to the final. It was a well played match for the seniors of the WSA 93 boys team, but a heart wrenching defeat in their final contest.
Several other WSA teams contended for top 4 spots including the WSA 95 girls who played the #1 ranked team in the nation, Hurricane 95 Shubert to a close and hard fought 2-1 defeat in pool play. WSA 95 girls were in contention to advance in their first state tournament appearance but an auspicious bottom seed did not lend any scheduling "favors" to the 95 girls.
The WSA 93 girls (pictured to the right in their final "team prayer" at State Cup) had their sights set on a top 4 finish but needed a win vs NOKC 93 or Blitz United 93. Despite great effort, and several chances, WSA 93 girls would come up short 1-0 vs Blitz and 2-0 vs NOKC.
Several other WSA teams picked up "results" in the 2011 State Cup, which generally speaking was reserved for Oklahoma’s top 6-8 teams in each age division.
"The 2011 State Tournament represents enormous strides of progress by our program," reports club DOC Roger Bush. The two state finalist for 2011 makes ten total for WSA. Since 1979 the only other "rural" club in Oklahoma to be represented in a state final is Skiatook. WSA has won 4 State Championships since 2007, leading the way amongst "rural" clubs in Oklahoma at the premiere level. "Our results are indicators of success irrespective of the community population we represent or our size," reports Bush. "We are excited about this year’s results but already more focused on a stronger showing in 2012."
The Side had at least 4 other teams who made strong cases for a state semifinalist appearance, but narrowly missed. It appears there is much reason to believe "The Side" is advancing with great momentum headed into the future. Congratulations to all WSA teams on a great showing at the 2011 State Cup Tournament! Good luck to the WSA 92 girls at Southern Regionals! And well done as always to all players and parents for representing our club, our community, and our sport with great class and dignity.
WSA 92 girls and coach Randy Williams exhausted after a 2-1 defeat to the #1 ranked team in the nation, Hurricane 95 Shubert girls.