The Newcastle Racers soccer team played its final game of the season Tuesday night against the Woodward Boomers.
The Racers lost to Woodward, 0-2, in the first round of the class 4-A state championship playoffs.
“The boys played extremely hard the entire match, leaving everything on the field,” head coach Dale Berglan said in a written statement to the Pacer. “We could just never get it going in the right direction. It was one of those nights when nothing went right for us as a whole.”
The Racers finished the season with an overall 9-4 record.
“It was a great season,” Berglan said.
The Racers start back to practice in January 2015 and regular season play begins March 1.
The team will lose a few starting seniors to graduation but Berglan is looking forward to seeing the young kids step up and carry on the sense of teamwork and selflessness the Racers established this season, he said.
The Newcastle Racers boys and girls soccer teams ended their district series Tuesday April 22, with wins against The Cache Bulldogs.
The boy’s team clinched the district 4-A championship with a 4-0 victory.
Senior Greg Gibson scored the first goal of the night, followed by Shane Martin scoring the other three goals.
The win follows a season of progression that has seen the Racers “getting better each week,” Head Coach Dale Berglan said.
The Racers were ranked seventh going into the last week of the regular season but won all five of their district games to bring their overall record to 9-3. The last three district games were all shutouts.
Forwards Shane Martin and Tyler Fielder led the team’s offense with a season total of 17 goals, six assists and 12 goals, four assists, respectively.
The team will play its first match of the state championships May 6, after receiving a first round bye in the tournament.
“This is a great group of boys. They are the true sense of a team,” Berglan said. “One of the hardest working groups I have ever been associated with. They do not care who gets the accolades. They just want to win.”
The girl’s team won 2-1 against Cache but ended their season with an overall 6-7 record.
Berglan attributed the team’s struggles to losing seven total starting players to injuries and other circumstances beyond the team’s control.
“Although our overall record is not the best it could be our girls gave their best,” Berglan said in a written statement to the Newcastle Pacer. “It was a season that our team handled as well as they could.”
The team placed third in a Bethany tournament earlier in the year and third in the overall district rankings.
Senior Lauren Martin signed her letter of intent to play soccer for Southwestern Oklahoma State University Lady Bulldogs with (from left) mother Vicki Martin, sister Rileigh Martin, father John Martin, and sister Brittany Martin-Wells on Feb. 10.
SWOSU is a four-year public university located in Weatherford.
The Lady Bulldogs compete in the Great American Conference of the NCAA, Division two.
The Newcastle Lady Racers soccer team finished the regular season with an 8-3 record and headed into the last week of the regular season with a ranking of No. 12 in the state.
The Lady Racers were runners-up in the Bethany Invitational Tournament led by All-Tournament performers Sky Glass, Lauren Martin, Ashley Savage and Sara Hamilton.
Newcastle took home runners-up in districts and will face Clinton in the first round of the state tournament this Saturday, April 27.
Lady Racer notes:
Sky Glass leads the Lady Racers with 11 goals on the season and four assists followed by Lauren Martin with seven goals and six assists, Meagan Unruh has two goals and two assists while CeCe Flores and Katie Riojas each have one goal.
Goalkeeper Sara Hamilton checks in with a 92 percent save total at goalie.
The Racer boys ended the regular season with a strong third place finish in what head coach Dale Berglan described as an “extremely strong district qualifier” for the state tournament.
Newcastle fell to class 6A Putnam City in a shootout in the second round of the Bethany Tournament.
The Racers were led by All-Tournament performers Israel Garanzuay and Luke Medrano in the Bethany Tournament.
Newcastle will hit the road for the first round of the state tournament where they will face the runners-up of district one between Weatherford and Woodward.
The match will take place Friday, April 26 with the time and location yet to be announced.
Shane Martin leads the Racers with 10 goals while Tucker Whitlow has two goals and one assist followed by Jeremiah Baker with two goals, Logan Hill with one goal and two assists, Omar Leija one goal and Austin Hildebrand with a goal.
Goalkeeper Luke Medrano has a save rate of 84 percent on the season.
“Racer soccer in its fourth year is alive and well. Our men’s and women’s teams both had great years finishing up the regular season strong with both teams qualifying for the state tournament."