The fourth seed Weston's girls' soccer team fell behind 1-0 but responded with four unanswered goals on the way to a 4-2 triumph over visiting and 12 seed Wolcott in the Class M state tournament quarterfinals on November 16.
"It doesn't faze us," Weston Coach Gustavo Reaes said of falling behind. "This team knows how special they are. They believe in each other."
Reaes' team is battle-tested, the returning players having been involved in four games decided by just one goal (two of which went to penalty kicks) last fall when the Trojans worked their way into the semifinals.
"I know how hard it is to make it to the semifinals of the state tournament. It's something you really have to work hard for," said Reaes, whose teams have reached the semis five times in the last nine years and are contending for their second finals appearance in that time.
The score against Wolcott was even 1-1 at the half thanks to Natalie Haythorn's header. The floodgates opened in the second half as Sadie Rudolph, Haythorn (on another header) and Abby Miles all hit the back of the net.
Rudolph had two assists, and Becca Strouch and Krissy Krigsman both added assists for the Trojans.
A key to the team's success this fall has been the leadership of upperclassmen.
"Our seniors have really worked super hard and making sure they know what it takes," Reaes said.