Traverse City Record-Eagle

Prep Sports

June 3, 2014

West, Leland set for soccer regional

TRAVERSE CITY — The best girls soccer season in the history of Traverse City West has forced the Titans to reassess their goals.

West already met their two main goals for this season — winning Big North Conference and district championships — but there remains much to play for, starting with Wednesday’s regional semifinal in Midland against Grand Blanc.

“We set our standard (at the beginning of the season) which we thought was high, but we could really achieve more than that so I want to make sure we’re reaching our full potential,” said West coach Lauran Pinto, who held a goals meeting with her team on the threshold of this week’s regionals. “It still came back to our other goals that led us to where we’re at now, which is taking it one game at a time and playing our possession game. I think after we had a close second half with Saginaw (Heritage), after a completely dominating first half, we learned that when we play our game — possession — we do really well and we’ve got to keep continuing that and not let pressure or our mindset change from that. Our whole team talked about going in with confidence and continuing to play our game, no matter what is happening.”

Against Grand Blanc the Titans will face a squad that features a dynamic scorer in junior Annie Walker, who accounted for five goals and three assists in district wins over Swartz Creek and Hartland. Walker has 33 goals so far this season.

“If we can shut her down I have confidence in the rest of my team,” said Pinto. “We’ve been doing a great job finding the back of the net. I’m thinking if we can shut (Walker) down and get on the scoreboard we stand a chance.”

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