Chargers’ strong effort downs Milan
Stephanie Sturgis - Weakley County Press Sports Editor
“We started the season strong and then sort of hit a wall, and now we’re on the upside again. This is a good time of the year to be doing that,” Scates said.
With the win, Westview holds the top seed in the Eastern half of the district heading into next week’s tournament play.
“When the season started, with as many question marks as we had at key positions, to get the top seed exceeded my expectations,” the Charger coach noted.
On senior night, the veteran WHS coach praised his seniors’ dedication, effort and leadership, but got plenty of contributions from his younger Chargers.
Westview took the lead in the first half when Adam Reinhard, a sophomore, blasted the game’s first goal by Milan goalkeeper Rick Moody thanks to an assist from classmate Abraham Haddad. The sophomores switched roles just before halftime, when Reinhard assisted on Haddad’s goal that doubled the WHS lead to 2-0 at the intermission.
Soon after the second half got under way, Charger sophomore keeper Scout Edwards made the first of his five saves off a Bulldog header to keep the WHS lead at 2-0.
“Scout did a good job of coming out when he had to,” Scates added.
Haddad added his second goal of the game at the five-minute mark. Senior Chase Manley fed a pass into Haddad in traffic in front of the goal. The sophomore chested the ball down and turned and fired a shot for a 3-0 advantage.
Ten minutes into the half, Edwards came up with another key save on a breakaway one-on-one chance by Milan’s Taylor Brooks.
With approximately five minutes left in the game, Reinhard added his second assist, dribbling down the left side and centering a pass to senior Will Sliger. Moody got a glove on Sliger’s blast but it deflected off the right post and back into the net for a 4-0 cushion.
“The key to beating a good goalkeeper is to work it in and get good high percentage shots,”
The final goal came in the waning minute when senior Casey Ross took a feed from Tyler Willis and slammed a shot that glanced off the left post and in for the final tally in the 5-0 Westview win.
“All our seniors have made a contribution when they’ve had a chance. They really worked hard to get to this level,” Scates said. “They’ve practiced well, they got along well and it’s all about making the team better for them.”
Westview is scheduled to travel to Jackson to take on North Side on Thursday before host Haywood’s Tomcats at 6 on Friday night.
The tournament begins next week with the Chargers likely hosting McKenzie or Covington on Tuesday before action moves to Dyersburg next Thursday.