Webb City preps for first state quarterfinal appearance

Webb City girls soccer is in the state quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Webb City girls soccer is having a record smashing season.

“For them to make history and multiple times throughout the season the way they have says a lot about their ability as players but also their character as young people,” says head coach Nick Harmon.

The Cardinals are still alive in the state tournament. They’ll make the program’s first quarterfinal appearance this Saturday.

“I think we proved the last 3 postseason games and all along throughout the regular season that we can face adversity and come out on top,” Harmon says.

The competition continues to get tougher.

“We’ve been playing harder teams and succeeding and growing a lot as a team,” says senior forward, Mileah Metcalf.

Webb City was challenged in their sectional game on Tuesday. They trailed Willard 1-0 before battling back to win 4-2.

“I think it’s going to boost us and help us into the next game,” says senior midfielder Melia Blair.

Senior leadership has had a big impact on the team’s success this year.

“Without them, without a doubt we would not have had the success we’ve had this year,” Harmon says.

The seniors are passing down their knowledge and experience.

“We’ve all been around since whenever we won districts last time,” says Blair. “We can all show the younger kids what it feels like and how hard we need to work to achieve our goals.”

The theme all season has been to play for one another.

“If we are playing together and unified in our approach to the game, whatever our strategy is, then we have a really good chance of coming out on top,” Harmon says.

The Cardinals have a dominant 22-3 record. It was in their early season win against Ozark, their first ever win over the Tigers, where they realized their potential.

“I think that was, for the girls, especially, the first moment in the season where they realized, ‘Hey, we can really go all the way,'” Harmon says.

Now, Webb City is just three wins away from bringing home the program’s first state title.

“I think, for the girls, it’s a really neat opportunity to leave their legacy and for the senior group, that has led so strongly from the get-go, to leave their mark on the community,” Harmon says.

“We’ve made kind of a big splash and so I think we’ve got some expectations but I think we’re pretty ready to try and meet them,” Metcalf says.

Webb City gets home field advantage for the quarterfinal round. They host Union on Saturday at 3:00pm.