Bearcats Earn Second Ever State Bid, Avenge Earlier Defeats to Bobcats


After dropping both contests to Aberdeen in league play this season, the W.F. West boys soccer team defeated the Bobcats, 1-0, on the road Saturday night to advance to just its second ever state tournament. 

The last, and only time the Bearcats have made the state tournament was in 1998 as a 3A school, before anyone currently on the team was born. 

“The guys played their best team game of the year,” Bearcats coach Allen Anderson said. “Elvis Perez and Adrian Jaimes were lights out in the midfield and Xavier Flores was impenetrable on defense. Everyone played hard every minute.” 

The game’s lone score came late, in the 74th minute, when Cody Pennington found the back of the net to give the Bearcats the lead, and their lone victory over the Bobcats when they really needed to find one. 

Now the Bearcats will await seeding by the committee for the beginning of the state tournament, set to start Tuesday and Wednesday next week.