While the Wildcats dropped the game 6-0, the score doesn’t provide the whole picture. Twin Valley dominated in the first half, possessing the ball offensively for nearly 30 out of 40 minutes. Their control over the game included a barrage of shots that just couldn’t find their way into the net. Twin Valley played tough first-half defense centered mostly in the midfield, giving their offense all the opportunities they could afford.
The Phantoms’ Mackenzie Hickey would get the better of the Wildcats after a drive into the box got knocked out. Hickey, from 40 yards out, settled the ball and fired into the upper 90 on the left side, leaving no chance for Jessica Reilly to save the shot. Three minutes later, Abby McKaren used her speed to score and put her team up 2-0 at the half.
In the second half the Wildcats would not posses the ball as much, and would have fewer chances to stay in the game. Proctor scored four more goals in the second half including one more each from Hickey and McKaren.
Twin Valley coach Chris Walling said losing a tough-played game was a tough pill for his team to swallow after working so hard. “It’s a what-if,” said Walling. “I don’t like to say ‘what if’ but it would have been a very different game if we slid one or two past the goalie earlier on. It wasn’t our lack of showing up, we worked hard, played well, and we had them on their heels.”
While his team couldn’t make their way past the explosive Phantoms, the Wildcats had a good season, one he says his players should be proud of. Walling also said it would be tough to lose a group of seniors who, he said, wore their emotions on their sleeve for four years. “This group I’m really going to miss,” said Walling. “Captains Sammy Cunningham-Darrah, Savannah Nesbitt, and Hannah Swanson led by example and it will be difficult to replace them, to say the least. I tip my hat to those seniors. They put the uniform on every night, knew what it meant, and led by example. I’m not just losing them but also their leadership.”
Nesbitt ended the season with 19 goals and seven assists, placing her seventh all-time in the team’s scoring history and eighth in points.