The Wetumpka girls soccer team was in the postseason for the second time in program history but the Indians could not find a way to grab its first every playoff win. Wetumpka traveled to Opelika with a shorthanded roster, falling behind early before losing 7-0 to finish the season.
“They had two quick goals that I thought were a fluke and then they scored a really good third goal,” Wetumpka coach Jessica Holbert said. “Mentally that’s tough to bounce back, especially knowing the troubles we have scoring.”
The Indians finished the season 4-10-4 and were kept without a goal in eight of their final 10 games. Despite the tough end to the year, Holbert said it will be easy for her team to focus on the positives of the season.
“We’re not going to let one game define the season,” Holbert said. “This group of girls has potential. If they stick with it and keep focusing, they’re going to be really good.”
Wetumpka had four seniors on its roster and played only five upperclassmen this season. The Indians lost even more of their experience prior to the postseason and were without three starters for their game against Opelika.
“These girls are still very young,” Holbert said. “We had 13 middle schoolers and five high schoolers with us down there. They were still upset we lost but you could tell we were happy to be there.”
Wetumpka had games last Monday and Tuesday leading up to its playoff game. The team also drove to Opelika on Thursday before the game got postponed by rain, continuing the long week for the Indians.
“They gave me all they had considering the week we had,” Holbert said. “You could tell because they weren’t as crisp but it looked like it was just fatigue.”
Wetumpka has plenty of youth to build on for the future but a key for the team’s growth will be finding a way to put the ball in the net. The Indians scored more than one goal just four times and were held scoreless in 11 of their 18 games.
“We just couldn’t score at times,” Holbert said. “We’ll play great defense but we can’t score. Some of that is just experience but we just need players who can shoot.”
The Wetumpka boys team had a rollercoaster of a season but fell short of the playoffs after losing the tiebreaker with Calera. The Indians finished the season with a 7-6-2 record while going 1-3 in section play.
After starting the season 3-1-2, Wetumpka lost its first two section games including a 6-0 defeat to Stanhope Elmore. The Indians responded with three consecutive wins in non-section matches but could not make up enough ground to reach the postseason.
Wetumpka missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season but totaled seven wins for the second straight year. The Indians thrived with their offense this season, scoring 2.2 goals per game and being shutout just three times throughout the year.