Bearcats Best Tigers in Second Leg of Rotary Cup

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Elizabeth Patana dished out assists on both of W.F. West’s goals as the Bearcats held off Centralia, 2-0, in the second leg of the annual rivalry Rotary Cup at Tiger Stadium on Tuesday.

Maddy Casper put the Bearcats up 1-0 in the 12th minute off Patana’s throw in. Senior defender Jocelyn Robertson notched her first career goal in the 65th minute off another Patana throw in to give the Bearcats some breathing room and cap the scoring off for the night.

“We couldn’t execute in the final third and Centralia did a good job giving us trouble,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said. 

He praised the performances of Madeline Shields and Audrey Toynbee, as well as Kyla McCallum for her precision passing. 

The Bearcats outshot Centralia 8-2 on the night.

For the Tigers, it was a much better performance than the 5-0 defeat they suffered during the first leg of the Rotary Cup, 5-0, on Sept. 16.

“Our girls played excellent,” Centralia coach Henry Gallanger said. “They’re moving in the right direction and taking pride. W.F. West has a good defense and they’re a tough team to crack. This prepares us for the rest of our league games.”

It was also the first time this season the entire varsity roster for the Tigers was available to play during the same match. The entire unit has only practiced once together so far.

“We’re taking steps in the right direction,” Gallanger said.

Centralia (1-8, 1-6 league) travels to Aberdeen on Thursday for a league match.

The Bearcats (7-2, 6-1 league) have now won four in a row and posted three-straight shutouts. They host Rochester on senior night on Thursday.

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