Normal West girl’s soccer celebrates 4th place finish at state

Coach Val Walker provides a passionate speech about the soccer season the girls had. (Patrick Baron/WJBC)

By Patrick Baron

NORMAL – After finishing the season in fourth place in Class 2A at state, the Normal West girl’s soccer team returned to the school Sunday to celebrate their accomplishments from the season.

The team finished fourth after falling to Lemont with a final score of 1-0 on Saturday, but the loss didn’t stop the team from relishing in the achievements they received over the course of the season, which includes becoming the regional, sectional, super-sectional, and conference champions. Coach Val Walker, who gave a speech during the celebration, said the athletes earned everything they won this season.

“Our girls deserve the credit. They worked hard, they embraced what the mantra was: we’re going to work hard every day and we’re going to approach things one day at a time,” Walker explained.

Walker took a few moments to thank the parents of the team and the school administrators for supporting the team throughout the season. He noted one of the most impressive aspects of the season was watching the girls be creative on the field in order to win.

“The neat thing about this is we found a way to win in different ways and it was incredible to see that,” said Walker.

The Wildcats ended their season with a final record of 20-7-3.

Patrick Baron can be reached at patrick.baron@cumulus.com.

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