The Newcastle Racers boys and girls soccer teams ended their district series Tuesday April 22, with wins against The Cache Bulldogs.
The boyâs 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 âgetting better each week,â 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 teamâs 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.
âThis is a great group of boys. They are the true sense of a team,â Berglan said. âOne of the hardest working groups I have ever been associated with. They do not care who gets the accolades. They just want to win.â
The girlâs team won 2-1 against Cache but ended their season with an overall 6-7 record.
Berglan attributed the teamâs struggles to losing seven total starting players to injuries and other circumstances beyond the teamâs control.
âAlthough our overall record is not the best it could be our girls gave their best,â Berglan said in a written statement to the Newcastle Pacer. âIt was a season that our team handled as well as they could.â
The team placed third in a Bethany tournament earlier in the year and third in the overall district rankings.