Academy soccer continues its success

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WESTMINSTER — The Academy Wildcats are starting to take the soccer world by storm.

Not only are the No. 8 Wildcats the last undefeated team in Class 3A, they have been dominating their first six opponents — outscoring their foes 33-2.

The Academy’s success has started to catch people’s attention, including getting a first-place vote in The Denver Post’s most recent rankings.

“We only lost one girl from last year,” Academy coach Kevin Vicente said. “We have a lot of experience and the girls are working hard.”

One of the goals against the Wildcats came in a 1-1 tie with No. 7 St. Mary, which has become the lone blemish on Academy’s nearly perfect 5-0-1 record.

The other came Friday in the opening minutes of the Wildcats’ 3-1 win over rival Pinnacle.

In Academy’s four other games, the Wildcats have dominated their opponent, outscoring their foes 29-0.

“We work together and put a lot of effort in during practice,” Academy’s senior goalkeeper Marley Wattier said. “That helps us come out and be on top.”

Wattier has been part of the Wildcats’ success, with 16 saves on the season and four shutout wins.

Academy hasn’t been a slouch on the other side of the ball, 14 different players have scored goals — with four scoring four or more.

Junior Makala House has been leading the charge with eight goals on the season, including two against Pinnacle. It was her third consecutive multi-goal game.

Alex Garcia also scored a goal and had an assist in the Wildcats’ recent victory, while Megan White had an assist.

The Academy improved to 4-0 in the Frontier League, while The Pinnacle dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in league.

However, the real challenge for the Wildcats comes later in the month when The Academy faces both Centaurus and Holy Family.

“That will be the true test for us,” Vicente said. “Pinnacle is a big rival for Academy, and a lot of these girls know each other. However, we won’t know where we are until we face those two teams.”