The Boys U13 Team is excited for another season of play and a shot at the state title they almost won last season. With a League-changing shift in age brackets, we have six players that moved up from the U11 team to the U13 team. We now have a total of 18 players on the team.
As a U13 team, the boys and coaches George and Kim Prigmore will face new challenges this year as part of moving up to this new age group. We play with 11 players, play longer halves, use a size 5 ball, play on a professional full-size field and can now add the element of slide tackling – basically the same as what the professional teams use. It’s going to be a challenging and educational year for our team.
The Boys U13 team kicked off its season opener game in Tumwater versus the TEYSC Wolverines, a team that they have never played. Full of excitement, adrenaline and anxiety, the Wildcats started the game trying to read the other team’s playing style. After figuring it out and getting rid of their first game jitters, they began to play our style of game, resulting in the team going into the half with a score of 5-0. The Wildcats passed well, attacked the ball and did not allow one shot on our goal the entire half.
The Wildcats began the second half with the same strategy, going on to to score 10 points, resulting in a final score of 15-0.
Six players scored: Garrison Barnum with 1 goal and 2 assists, Juan Huerta with 4 goals, Kino Irving with 1g and 1 assist, Andrew Martin with 2 goals and 1 assist, Xander Prigmore with 2 goals and Juan Tello with an amazing 5 goals and 1 assist.
Wesley Bjornsgard, Kevin Briones and Joshua Figueroa all had assists. The midfielders and defense – Ethan Trapp, Pedro Bautista, Ivan Weber, Kevin Briones, Alex Lopez, Elves Camargo, Pedro Garcia, Josh Figueroa, Wesley Bjornsgard and Noah Prigmore – did an incredible job by not allowing one shot on goal the entire game.
The kids were a blast to watch and demonstrated that the hard work and dedication they have been putting into their practices was paying off.
The Wildcats play a total of eight games this season, with four of them played at home here in Westport.
The team will travel to Chehalis this Saturday, Sept. 17, for a game at 1:30 p.m. vs. the CEYSC Titans, another team we have never played.
Our first home game is Saturday, Sept. 24, at 1:30 p.m. vs. the Montesano Monsters at Ocosta High School.