7th Grade Leopards Defeat Rockwall Utley
On April 23rd the 7th grade Leopards from Willow Springs took the field against the Wolves from Utley (Rockwall). Utley started the game with the wind at their back and controlled possession the first couple minutes of the game but Willow Springs quickly found their footing and took back control. The eventual game winner was scored by Khai Gaston eight minutes into the game when he calmly beat the goalie to the left corner to put the Leopards up 1-0. Willow Springs continued to put pressure on the Wolves but were unable to convert taking the 1-0 lead into the half. Utley wouldn’t go down quietly and were able to put together several scoring chances in the second half but goalie William Fry was up to the challenge making several key saves to keep Utley off the board. Willow Springs was awarded a penalty kick with ten minutes remaining in the game and Gaston stepped up and netted his second goal to give the Leopards the 2-0 lead. WSMS goalies Emilio Cardenas, Ethan Smith and William Fry combined to record the clean sheet in the net. The win improved the Leopards record to 2-2-1 on the season.