West Lauderdale Soccer sweeps into State Championships

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MERIDIAN, Miss. -- West Lauderdale closed out the North half of the 4A soccer playoffs in style on Tuesday night, with consecutive shutout victories in the North State Championship games.

The Lady Knights once again dominated in unbelievable fashion in the opening game of the night, throttling Mooreville 10-0 to reach the 4A title game. West scored early and often on the Troopers, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 30 minutes behind goals from Caroline Green, Ember Temper, and Alice Williamson.

West Lauderdale has scored 30 goals since the 4A playoffs began, while allowing zero. The Knights have allowed eight goals all season.

West girls will have a state championship rematch with Florence on Saturday at Ridgeland High School at noon.

In the Boys game, the Knights drew New Albany, a team that had lost just one game since the start of the new year. The first test of the game came earlier with the Bulldogs being awarded a penalty after a West foul in the box. Dani Avila went to his left, only to be stopped by Knights keeper Ivan Betancourt to keep the game scoreless at 0-0.

Few minutes later, West Lauderdale would get a penalty try of its own, with Jack Green finding the back of the net to make it 1-0. Daniel Galvan extended the Knights lead with a goal of his own not long after that. West would hold the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the way to bring home the North State title, 2-0.

West boys will face the winner of Richland and St. Stanislaus on Saturday at Ridgeland High School at 2 p.m.