The first round of State Cup has concluded and the Wild is standing tall in their bracket with wins over Delta United, Cal Magic & Bay Oaks. West Coast Wild are 4-time state champion (2013- 2016) and are looking to make it an unprecedented 5 years in a row. Wild started off the group play with a dismantling 6-0 performance over Delta United.
The second game Cal Magic did not show so a 3-0 forfeit was registered and in the final game of group play team Wild put on an impressive display of ball movement and execution versus Bay Oaks, ending in a 8-0 final. West Coast Wild was primed and ready after their opponent was no show for Saturday, it took only 11 minutes for the Wild to produce 6 goals to start the Sunday game. Devyn Gilfoy lead the way with 4 goals assisted by Callie Craine, Haley Bostard, Kylie Martinez & Delanie Sheehan. Paola Samaniego and Sheehan scored, both assisted by Lauren Sisneros. Defender Nailah Staples scored assist by Devyn Gilfoy and Meghan Giamona scored a bomb assist by a pass from Robyn McCarthy. With a solid 8-0 lead at halftime the Wild began to work on elements of their game without putting their opponents down any further goals. “Coach told us that we had scored enough goals and it was important for us to respect our opponent while still working on our game, he told us the challenge is to get 30 passes in a row without the opponent touching the ball, I think we can get 47″ said Haley Bostard. Wild registered 50 passes in a row untouched by and opposition. Bostard began to lead the possession charge from the back line. “We were able to get up to 10 or 15 then a bad touch or pass would turn the ball over said coach Dayak “it was not easy at first, we nearly gave up some goals trying to execute this but it also invigorated and engaged our opponent back in the game, and at the 70 minute mark we completed 50 untouched passes”. This is quite an accomplishment at U18 State level play. The game would end early due to lights going out but both teams got a good work out and Wild will move into the next round of State level competition.