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March 24, 2014

H.S. Soccer: Palestine Wildcats, Ladycats set to play first round in Waco

PALESTINE —

Two playoff teams, one destination.

 

The Palestine Wildcats and Ladycats are headed to Waco to play in the soccer playoffs at Robinson High School tonight.

 

The District Champion Ladycats are up first on the field and will take on Navasota at 6 p.m.

 

Palestine coach John Absalom said the Ladycats will be looking to keep the momentum from their District Champions title going, but also will look to regain focus on the “new season.”

 

“Well, we didn’t play too good in the first round last year, and that was disappointing for us,” Absalom said. “This year, we’ve been talking about it all year. We wanted to get back into the playoffs and make sure that the same thing didn’t happen to us again this year. I don’t think there will be any questions about if we’ll be ready to go.”

 

The Ladycats' opponent will be Navasota — who are deserving of being in the playoffs, Absalom said — and should be a good test for the Ladycats in the first round.

 

“Navasota is just a real scrappy team,” Absalom said. “They play real aggressively with a lot of heart. It’s a team that will definitely give us a good matchup.”

 

Last Tuesday, the Ladycats won district after securing a win against Diboll and with Nacogdoches losing. Absalom said coming down off the high of winning the district title will be something the Ladycats need to do to be successful in the playoffs.

 

“We have to come down off that high and play well in the playoffs,” Absalom said. “It’s the third season of the year essentially with the preseason being the first one, the district season being the second one, and the playoffs being the final one. I always mentally prepare the kids for all three seasons and this is the biggest part right here. They just have to pick up the pace now because if they lose, they’re done. We’re for sure mentally prepared for it, we just have to get after it.”

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